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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.

An INAF study provides new assumptions on oscillation in star layers

Mar 21, 2017

An INAF study provides new assumptions on oscillation in star layers A team of researchers led by Enrico Corsaro, fellow of the AstroFIt2 programme at INAF in Catania, has recently published a study in Nature Astronomy which shows the relationship between the orientation of the stellar-spin axis and the environment where they formed.

INAF researchers participate in the discovery of two Super Earths

Mar 21, 2017

INAF researchers participate in the discovery of two Super Earths Two massive rocky planets 21 light-years from us, the closest known among those transiting in front of their parent star, have been detected and studied thanks to TNG Galileo National Telescope observations.

Risparmio e vedo il cielo. INAF joins the “M’illumino di meno” campaign

Feb 26, 2017

Risparmio e vedo il cielo. INAF joins the “M’illumino di meno” campaign On 24 February, on the occasion of the Energy Saving Day 2017, the National Institute for Astrophysics – INAF has joined the M’illumino di Meno campaign launched by Radio Rai 2 show Caterpillar, now in its thirteenth year, which renews the invitation to turn off the lights in squares, private and public lightings across Italy.