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Closest temperate exoplanet discovered orbiting star close to the Sun
Ross 128 b is the closest Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a quiet red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially harbor life. It was detected with the HARPS spectrograph, with the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço.
15 November 2017
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Portuguese researchers in the front row to study the childhood of the Universe.
The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) participates in the science and construction of the next-generation instrument for the forth-coming largest optical telescope in the world.
24 October 2017
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New planet hunter to be installed in La Silla Observatory
The new instrument, called NIRPS, will be installed in ESO's 3.6 meter telescope, and has the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
19 September 2017
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First detection of Titanium Oxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet
This observation, published today in Nature, has the participation of an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) collaborator.
14 September 2017
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MOONS Science Consortium Meeting in Lisboa
It is gathered in Lisbon the scientific team responsible for the instrument that will unveil the history of galaxies and on which Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is involved.
13 September 2017
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New worlds await ESPRESSO
The adventure is about to start for ESPRESSO, the future discoverer of new Earths, co-produced by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
24 August 2017
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IA researcher awarded the Bronstein Prize for her work into the quantum nature of gravity
A researcher of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) received the Bronstein Prize in recognition of her major advances in Loop Quantum Cosmology.
07 July 2017
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Evidence discovered for two distinct giant planet populations
This result, discovered by researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), hints at the existence of two separate formation mechanisms for giant exoplanets.
05 July 2017
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Design and Astronomy in display at Fabrica Features
A design exhibition includes science communication projects, resulting from a partnership between the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço and the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon.
23 June 2017
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European Space Agency Adopts PLATO mission
This mission, in which Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is a partner, was adopted today by ESA’s Scientific Programme Committee.
20 June 2017
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A preview of the Venus atmosphere in 3D
The first approach to the global dynamics of the atmosphere of Venus is the product of a worldwide collaboration, which includes a team at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
23 May 2017
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FADO: a ground-breaking tool to reconstruct the history of galaxies
Developed by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, FADO is a novel approach in the study of galaxies, using genetic algorithms.
16 May 2017
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Super Earth May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life
The team, which includes Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher Nuno Santos, found this rocky exoplanet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star.
20 April 2017
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Astronomy Summer camp in the protected landscape of Corno de Bico
Applications are now open for the sixth edition of AstroCamp - Astronomy Summer camp.
04 April 2017
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Expanding super bubble of gas detected around massive black holes in the young Universe
These distant radio galaxies can be used by the team, led by researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), as laboratories to study the history of galaxy evolution in the Universe.
29 March 2017
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Meridional wind on Venus was detected for the first time in both hemispheres
A third system of winds was detected on Venus and may help explain the super-rotation of the atmosphere on this planet, according to a study by an international team led by a researcher of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
15 March 2017
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José Pedro Mimoso recognised as Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society
The work of scientific reviewing of José Pedro Mimoso, a researcher at Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), has been recognised as exceptional by the American Physical Society, a recognition shared with Pedro Avelino, an IA researcher also honoured in 2016 with this award.
07 March 2017
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“The Planet Hunters” at the Porto Planetarium
IAstro Júnior is an initiative of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and Visão Júnior magazine, which consists in a series of free presentations about the Universe, targeted at children between 7 and 12 years old.
25 February 2017
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Astronomy Day 2017
The University of Porto and Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) are preparing the next generation of Portuguese astrophysicists, by providing training and guidance of projects, from high school to PhD levels.
20 February 2017
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Revealing the origin and nature of the outskirts of stellar megalopolis
A step closer to understanding the growth of galactic giants was taken by a team led by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
15 February 2017
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A new tool to study galaxy evolution
New computational tool developed by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, allows for the reconstruction of galaxy morphology, by “stripping off” the outshining young stars.
31 January 2017
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Xavier Barcons appointed as the next Director General of ESO
Barcons will take up his position on the 1st of September 2017, when Tim de Zeeuw, the current Director General, completes his mandate.
13 December 2016
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Porto Planetarium receives commendation from the Minister of Science Technology and Higher Education
The commendation, attributed on the 24th of November 2016, was published this monday in Diário da República.
09 December 2016
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IA contributes to the technology for the detection of gravitational waves
The preliminary design of a component for the future gravitational waves observatory in space, LISA, in which the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is involved, was accepted by the European Space Agency (ESA) on October 26th.
28 November 2016
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Spiral-like patterns of star formation discovered in old galaxies
This study, led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers, has profound implications on the understanding of the assembly history of early-type galaxies.
22 November 2016
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VLT detects unexpected giant glowing halos around distant quasars
Observations made by the MUSE instrument have detected, for the first time in this type of survey, that all observed quasars had gas halos around them. This research had the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher Jarle Brinchmann.
26 October 2016
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ESPRESSO sees the light at the end of the tunnel
An internacional team of the ESPRESSO consortium, lead in Portugal by the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), has made the first test for ESPRESSO, the next generation high resolution spectrograph.
17 October 2016
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Stellar activity can mimic misaligned exoplanets
Simulations made by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researchers revealed that stellar activity can influence the measurement of an exoplanet spin-orbit tilt.
20 September 2016
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Towards the most accurate map of our Galaxy
The first data release from the mission that will produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of our galaxy is published today.
14 September 2016
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Teresa Lago awarded by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education
Awarded the medal of merit for "her high professional qualities and her sense of call of duty and mainly for having distinguished herself for a valuable and exceptional contribution for the development of science and scientific culture in Portugal".
18 July 2016
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Seismology of the Sun and distant stars debated in Azores
For the next two weeks, the Azores will be the world capital of Helio- and Asteroseismology, with the largest conference in those fields being held in the islands, along with an advanced summer school in space sciences, both organized by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
11 July 2016
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Black Holes might not be dead-ends after all
Physical bodies may successfully reach the other side of a black hole, suggests a study co-authored by Diego Rubiera-Garcia, of Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences.
06 June 2016
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Portugal welcomes one of the largest collaborations in Astronomy
Lisbon hosts the annual meeting of the Euclid Consortium, of which the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço coordinates the Portuguese involvement, and that will try to solve the enigma of the accelerated expansion of the Universe.
27 May 2016
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Mercury cruises the Sun
Next Monday, the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and the Planetário do Porto – Centro Ciência Viva will promote activities related to the Transit of Mercury, a phenomenon last seen from Portugal in 2003.
05 May 2016
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MOONS passes Its Preliminary Design Review
The MOONS spectrograph will be installed at ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), and has the participation of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
19 April 2016
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Travel the Universe from Vila Real
Researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) are travelling the country, bringing the Universe to places with less access to science outreach.
08 April 2016
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Results of CHEOPS competition announced
Three thousand drawing, from children all over Europe, will be going to space in the European Space Agency's (ESA) mission CHEOPS, whose portuguese partners are Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and Deimos Engenharia.
31 March 2016
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Portugal involved in the construction of instruments for the largest telescope in the world
HIRES and MOS will be two of the main instruments for the biggest telescope of the next generation, ESO's E-ELT, and have a strong involvement of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
23 March 2016
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Biggest Iberian conference on cosmology to be held in Vila do Conde
IBERICOS 2016 conference is organized by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
16 March 2016
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Ignite Astro tour
Researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço will tour the country and bring the Universe to places with lesser access to science outreach.
12 January 2016
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ESA mission to study the dark side of the Universe passes tests
The Euclid mission passed the rigorous tests of its Preliminary Design Review (PDR), which had the participation of a team from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
17 December 2015
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Research about reflected light of exoplanet distinguished
This research, led by Jorge Martins from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) received the 2015 Gago Coutinho Award, and was shortlisted for the Physics World magazine 2015 Breakthrough of the Year Award.
15 December 2015
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Half of Kepler’s giant exoplanet candidates are false positives
A 5-year study, led by Alexandre Santerne from the ExoEarths team at IA, found that most of these false positives were eclipsing binaries.
02 December 2015
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Rocky exoplanet with atmosphere detected in the neighborhood of the Solar System
Nuno Cardoso Santos, from the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), participated in the discovery of the “exoVenus” GJ 1132b, announced today in Nature.
11 November 2015
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International competition can give portuguese names to exoplanets
Lusitânia, Caravela, Adamastor, Esperança and Saudade are the names proposed by
Planetário do Porto – Centro Ciência Viva, with support from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço.
07 October 2015
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Stellar atmosphere can be used to predict the composition of rocky exoplanets
These results, obtained by researchers from the ExoEarths team at Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), also allows for a better understanding of the frequency of habitable planets in our galaxy.
17 September 2015
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Gas giant in baby star
The discovery of evidence of Hot Jupiters around newly-born stars, is co-authored by Pedro Figueira, from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
09 September 2015
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Closest rocky transiting exoplanet observed
The discovery of the HD219134 planetary system, 21.2 light-years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia, is co-authored by Pedro Figueira, from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA).
31 July 2015
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Discovery of CR7 galaxy reveals first stars in the Universe
David Sobral, from the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences has discovered the brightest distant galaxy and signs of the first generation of stars in the Universe.
17 June 2015
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Building the World’s Largest Telescopes at ESO
Public talk by Tim de Zeeuw (ESO Director General), Tuesday, 9th of June, 15:00, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (Anfiteatro 3.2.14).
04 June 2015
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Cosmic Tsunami brings galaxies back to life
David Sobral, from the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA), and an international team, found that colossal shock waves rise galaxies from the dead.
24 April 2015
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First Exoplanet Visible Light Spectrum
20 years after its discovery, researchers from Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) managed to directly observe exoplanet 51 Pegasi b.
22 April 2015
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Europe celebrates 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope
In Portugal, the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), and the Planetário do Porto will develop commemorative events in Lisbon and Porto.
21 April 2015
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Half a century mystery unveiled in the atmosphere of Venus
The mysterious "Y" shaped cloud in the atmosphere of Venus was, for the first time, explained in a study that counts with the participation of researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA).
02 March 2015
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“Astro-archeology” reveals ancient system with 5 earth-sized exoplanets
An international team, which includes researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), detected five ancient exoplanets in the Kepler-444 system, with sizes between Mercury and Venus.
27 January 2015
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Space Sciences rated Excellent in Portugal
Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) received a rating of Excellent in the evaluation of national research centers, which the Portuguese science foundation (FCT) ordered to the European Science Foundation (ESF).
23 December 2014
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Kepler mission continues to detect planets in its second life
The discovery of a “super-earth” around the star HIP 116454 is the first of the extended mission K2, and includes Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher Pedro Figueira.
19 December 2014
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Next generation spectrograph to be debated at Pavilhão do Conhecimento
The ESPRESSO Progress Meeting will bring to Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva the greatest experts on ESPRESSO, which is being built with the participation of IA.
09 December 2014
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The role of the cosmic web is finally unravelled
David Sobral, of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), and an international team, have identified the importance of the mysterious cosmic web and its filaments for the evolution of galaxies in the distant Universe.
25 November 2014
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IA reseacher among the winners of the Breakthrough awards 2015
Nelson Nunes, of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), will share the 3 million dollars of the Breakthrough award for Fundamental Physics with fellow members of the Supernova Cosmology Project.
19 November 2014
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National research leads unprecedented detection in Venus
Researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço made the first measurement of the winds in Venus' atmosphere, simultaneously from Earth and from a space probe.

18 November 2014
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The largest Portuguese institute of research in astrophysics is born
The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) is the result of the merger between Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP) and Centro de Astronomia e Astrofísica da Universidade de Lisboa (CAAUL).
29 October 2014
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An unprecedented view of two hundred galaxies in the local Universe
Researchers from the Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto are a part of the largest study to use 3D Spectroscopy with Integral Field Units.
10 October 2014
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Milky Way studied in detail in Porto
The Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences hosts the Gaia-ESO Survey Second Science Meeting (GES 2014).
30 September 2014
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New Camera for the VLT to be built with IA participation
The construction of a revolutionary camera for ESO’s VLT observatory begins today, with a team of IA/CAAUL researchers in charge of image quality.
29 September 2014
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International team tests one of the Universe’s fundamental constants
With the three most powerful telescopes in the world (VLT, Keck and Subaru) the team, which includes Carlos Martins (IA/CAUP), tried to measure variations in the fine structure constant.
10 September 2014
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Best View Yet of Merging Galaxies in Distant Universe observed by IA researcher
A recent study, led by Hugo Messias (IA/CAAUL), revealed the best view yet of two colliding galaxies, when the Universe was just half its age.
27 August 2014
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Iberian observatory confirms detection of controversial planet
The team, of which IA/CAUP researchers Nuno Cardoso Santos and Pedro Figueira are part of, estimates that Kepler-91b is the closest exoplanet ever detected to a giant star.
08 August 2014
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New type of wave discovered in Venus atmosphere
An international team, which includes IA/CAAUL researchers, has discovered a new type of atmospheric waves on Venus, with data from ESA’s Venus Express.
09 July 2014
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