• Indigenous star helps to understand the past of the Milky Way
    Data from satellite TESS made possible the characterization and dating of a star from the Indus constellation, allowing for a better understanding of a past galactic collision, in a study with the participation of researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • The turbulent life of two black holes caught in a galactic collision
    The most detailed image of the material surrounding two supermassive black holes in a galaxy in the process of merging was obtained with the collaboration of a researcher now at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Unveiling new Earths among the "noise" of the stars
    First data gathered with ESPRESSO, an instrument built with the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), help clarify a debate about an hypothetical planetary system.
  • CHEOPS space telescope will be launched next 17th of December
    Some members of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço and DEIMOS Engenharia actively involved in this mission will be available at the Porto Planetarium, next 16th of december, at 14:00.
  • Breakthrough is also Portuguese
    Researcher of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) shares one of the most prestigious awards in Physics for his contribution to the first direct image of a black hole.
  • Rui Agostinho, acknowledged a journey dedicated to Astronomy outreach
    For his outstanding activity in promoting Astronomy in Portugal, a prize has been awarded to Rui Agostinho, researcher of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • PhD::SPACE student wins Humboldt fellowship
    A researcher from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) has received a prestigious Humboldt fellowship.
  • TESS reveals an improbable planet
    Using asteroseismology, a team, led by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher, studied two red-giant stars known to have exoplanets, and in one of them found a seemingly improbable planet.
  • Astrophysicists use artificial intelligence to determine exoplanets sizes
    A team of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researchers developed a way to constrain the radius of an exoplanet knowing its mass, using a machine learning technique.
  • From Venus to other worlds
    Unprecedented precision in the measurements of winds on Venus made use of an instrument built to study exoplanets, in a work led by researchers of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Astronomers observe a Cosmic Jellyfish
    An international team, with the participation of an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher, used data from the ALMA radiotelescope to produce a detailed map of the gas tails of the ESO137-001 galaxy.
  • Gaia-ESO survey helps to estimate the age of giant stars
    With data from this survey, partly analyzed by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), researchers determined that the C/N abundance ratio can be used to estimate the age of giant stars.
  • A new measurement technique found at the frontier between Physics and Astronomy
    The scattering of laser light in the atmosphere enables the measurement of the accuracy of astronomical spectrographs, through a technique demonstrated for the first time with the participation of researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço.
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INSTITUTE OF
ASTROPHYSICS AND
SPACE SCIENCES
The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is a research infrastructure with a national dimension. It embodies a bold vision for the development of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal, taking full advantage and fully realizing the potential created by the national membership of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
RESEARCH
The research and development effort at the IA includes most of the topics presently, and for the next decade, at the forefront of research in Astrophysics and Space Sciences, from the Solar System to the large-scale properties of the Universe, complemented by work on instrumentation and systems with potential use in Astronomy and Astrophysics projects.
TRAINING
The provision of advanced training is also at the core of IA, with the support of teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences related degrees, in particular at the Universities of Lisbon and Porto, where such degrees have more solid backing. The Doctoral networks PhD::SPACE and DAEPHYS, recently funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), are examples of the commitment of IA in this area.
OUTREACH
The public outreach groups of IA are recognized as Outreach ESO partners, engaging in a broad range of public outreach activities, most of them based at the Porto Planetarium and at the Astronomical Observatory of Lisbon. Our main objective in outreach is to be the prime source of information on Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences topics for the media and the public in Portugal, and to improve the public awareness of the latest and most relevant findings in Astrophysics and Space Sciences.
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia