• Marte 2030
    A series of conversations with both feet on the Martian ground.
  • Groundbreaking study sheds new light on galaxy evolution
    Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers have found strong indications that the two different types of bulges in the center of spiral galaxies are not the result of distinct formation processes, but actually the opposite ends of a continuous formation timescale, inversely related to the total mass of the galaxy.
  • Outstanding peer review work done by IA researchers
    Two scientific journals recognised the reviewing work of researchers of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) in 2017.
  • Portuguese scientists in NASA mission to hunt exoplanets
    The TESS satellitte, expected to launch next Monday has the involvement of several researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • 3D map of the infant Universe reveals 4000 early galaxies
    This result, presented today during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool, has the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
  • Characterization of a water world in a multi-exoplanetary system
    The mass of the two transiting exoplanets around the star HD 106315 could only be determined with an intensive observation strategy and sophisticated data analysis, led by researchers at the 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.
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