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INAF is working on the construction of large research infrastructures like the SRT (Sardinia Radio Telescope), with ASI, and the LBT (Large Binocular Telescope) in Arizona, with the Americans and Germans. It maintains, and makes available to the community, the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo in the Canaries, has completed the construction of the VST (VLT Survey Telescope) that has started to operate at the ESO observatory in the Chilean Andes, and contributes to the upgrade of scientific instrumentation at the Very Large Telescope. INAF also contributes to ESA's Cosmic Vision with participation in all the projects currently selected. INAF is also busy in programs that will define the future of astronomy and astrophysics: E-ELT, a gigantic 42 metre telescope, SKA (Square Kilometre Array), a system of over 1,500 radio antennas that together will make the largest radio telescope ever constructed, and for which the government has proposed Rome as the project headquarters. The agreement for the construction and installation of HARPS on the Galileo telescope is currently being drafted. HARPS is the most powerful "hunter" of extra-solar planets, and currently operates only in the southern hemisphere. Italy would then have an extremely precious instrument in the search for Earth-like planets in the northern hemisphere. The search for such planets in the habitable zone of their stars is among the most promising and exciting fields of research for the near future.

FATE: forecasting optical turbulence to push the Very Large Telescope to its full potential

May 29, 2024

FATE: forecasting optical turbulence to push the Very Large Telescope to its full potential The FATE project began in November 2022 and entered the commissioning phase in September - December 2023. Once completed, it will enter in the operational phase in which ESO will be able to optimise observing strategies for the VLT and start planning those for ELT

MeerKAT+: the MeerKAT Extension

Feb 21, 2024

MeerKAT+: the MeerKAT Extension The handover of the first dish of the MeerKAT extension signals an important milestone for the SKA-MID construction

The first discoveries of the Webb space telescope in Rome: public lecture on 29 February

Feb 21, 2024

The first discoveries of the Webb space telescope in Rome: public lecture on 29 February On Thursday 29 February at 6 pm, Prof. Roberto Maiolino of the University of Cambridge (UK) will hold a public lecture on the theme "The invisible Universe revealed by the James Webb Space Telescope" at the Department of Physics of Sapienza University of Rome