• 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.
  • Planetalia, the planets party
    On 9 August, at Museu de Lisboa - Teatro Romano,
    observe the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn through telescopes,
    and take the family to discover more about the Solar System.
  • IA researcher is a Visiting Scientist at the Kavli
    The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics is the foremost scientific research facility in theoretical physics and allied fields, where the scientific community congregates for sustained periods of time, to work together intensely on a broad range of questions arising from investigations at the leading edges of science.
  • Three regions on the sky selected for the dive into the deep Universe
    The Euclid space telescope knows already where and when to dive deep in the dark Universe, and the locations on the sky have been chosen with the collaboration of researchers of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • TESS first light on stellar physics
    Among the 32 thousand stars observed in short cadence in the first 2 months of science operations, asteroseismic data from the TESS space mission revealed 5 rare roAp stars, including the fastest pulsator in this class.
  • The building blocks for astronomically literate citizens
    The first global document that proposes a definition for Astronomy Literacy was published in open-access, and Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is one of the authoring institutions.
  • Forecasting the hunt for the first supermassive black holes
    A study predicting the number of supermassive black holes in the early Universe within the reach of future X-ray and radio observatories was led by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • On Pluto the Winter is approaching, and the atmosphere is vanishing into frost
    A study that gathers fourteen years of observations of Pluto had the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Pathfinders for the world's largest radiotelescope are gathered in Lisbon
    The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) hosts an international meeting to discuss the scientific and technological work that is preparing the ground for SKA.
  • Discovery of a nova remnant confirms 2,000-year-old observation
    This discovery, with the participation of a researcher from the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), confirms one of the oldest observations to reach present day, measured by Chinese astronomers in 48 b.C.
  • The image never seen before
    The first image of a black hole was announced today, the result of an international project with the participation of a collaborator of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Spectral synthesis codes with no ionized gas emission produce biased estimates of galactic properties
    A novel code, developed by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, shows that previous population synthesis codes, which only account for stellar emission, underestimate galaxy properties like mass or age.
  • The foundations are laid for the largest radiotelescope in the world
    It was signed the treaty for the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, being Portugal one of its founding countries, and which has the scientific participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
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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).
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.
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.
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