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JUNO probe successfully completes first Jupiter flyby

Sep 06, 2016

JUNO probe successfully completes first Jupiter flyby A flyby of planet Jupiter at a speed of more than 200 thousand kilometres per hour, up to a distance of about 4,200 kilometres from the surface of the gas giant. This is the target reached on 27 August by JUNO, NASA’s mission that has Italy as the main partner of the US Space Agency.

Can asteroid Ceres “heal” its own scars?

Sep 02, 2016

Can asteroid Ceres “heal” its own scars? Contrary to expectations, Ceres – the largest celestial body in the asteroid “main belt”, a region located between Mars and Jupiter – shows less craters than expected on its surface, as shown in a study led by Simone Marchi, associate researcher at the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), recently published in Nature Communications. The study is based on data from DAWN, the NASA mission in which Italy participates with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and INAF.

Alien Olivine on Vesta?

Aug 11, 2016

Alien Olivine on Vesta? The olivine found on the surface of the Main Belt's asteroid studied by the Dawn mission may have been deposited in the last billion years by other celestial bodies, as a consequence of their impact. These are the results of a series of simulations conducted by a team of researchers led by Diego Turrini (INAF)

Super-Massive And Supersonic: The First Black Hole Studied With The Sardinia Radio Telescope

Jul 13, 2016

Super-Massive And Supersonic: The First Black Hole Studied With The Sardinia Radio Telescope Using the brand-new Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT), a giant parabolic dish of 64 meters diameter, a team of astronomers from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and the University of Cagliari have produced a detailed image of a super-massive black hole proceeding at high speed towards the core of the distant cluster of galaxies designed as 3C 129

JUNO probe successfully completes first Jupiter flyby

Sep 06, 2016

JUNO probe successfully completes first Jupiter flyby A flyby of planet Jupiter at a speed of more than 200 thousand kilometres per hour, up to a distance of about 4,200 kilometres from the surface of the gas giant. This is the target reached on 27 August by JUNO, NASA’s mission that has Italy as the main partner of the US Space Agency.

Alien Olivine on Vesta?

Aug 11, 2016

Alien Olivine on Vesta? The olivine found on the surface of the Main Belt's asteroid studied by the Dawn mission may have been deposited in the last billion years by other celestial bodies, as a consequence of their impact. These are the results of a series of simulations conducted by a team of researchers led by Diego Turrini (INAF)

500 years of “Orlando Furioso” in Teramo

Jul 20, 2016

500 years of “Orlando Furioso” in Teramo To celebrate 500 years of the first edition of Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalricpoem “Orlando Furioso”, in which the author imagines a space flight before its time, on 22 July 2016,the Astronomical Observatory of Teramo will host the play “Su l’ali del destrier verso la Luna”.

Super-Massive And Supersonic: The First Black Hole Studied With The Sardinia Radio Telescope

Jul 13, 2016

Super-Massive And Supersonic: The First Black Hole Studied With The Sardinia Radio Telescope Using the brand-new Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT), a giant parabolic dish of 64 meters diameter, a team of astronomers from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and the University of Cagliari have produced a detailed image of a super-massive black hole proceeding at high speed towards the core of the distant cluster of galaxies designed as 3C 129

presidente

On October 14th 2015, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) appointed Professor Nicolò D'Amico as President of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). Full professor in Astrophysics at University of Cagliari, D'Amico has been previously director of the INAF Astronomical Observatory in Cagliari and the director of the Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) Project.

 

Below, the latest news on the president:


CTA will have its permanent headquarters in Italy

Jun 14, 2016

CTA will have its permanent headquarters in Italy The National Institute for Astrophysics wins the European competition: the board of the project has decided that the headquarters of the international organization leading one of the most prestigious infrastructure of modern physics will be located in Italy

Discovered for the first time the “birthplace” of a fast radio burst

Feb 24, 2016

Discovered for the first time the “birthplace” of a fast radio burst An international team of astronomers, including Marta Burgay, Delphine Perrodin and Andrea Possenti from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), identified for the first time the place of origin of a Fast Radio Burst (FRB), enigmatic radio signals lasting just a few milliseconds, which appear without warning in the sky

Gravitational waves: Italy in the forefront of a new understanding of the Universe

Feb 12, 2016

Gravitational waves: Italy in the forefront of a new understanding of the Universe The announcement of the first direct detection of a gravitational wave opens a new era in physics and new perspectives in the investigation of the Universe. In this new page in the history of international research, Italy plays a major role, being the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) both involved in a number of projects.

A milestone toward E-ELT construction

Feb 05, 2016

A milestone toward E-ELT construction ESO will enter into final discussions with the winning bidder of the tender process for the design, manufacture, transport, construction, on-site assembly and verification of the Dome and Main Structure of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Nicolò D'Amico (INAF's President): "It will bring important returns for italian industries".

The up-to-date list of open positions and job opportunities is available on the Italian website.

ADASS 2016 - Trieste

Sep 02, 2016

ADASS 2016 - Trieste The annual Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) will be held 16-20 October at the Stazione Marittima Conference Centre, Trieste, Italy. The hosts of ADASS XXVI is the Trieste Astronomical Observatory (OATs) of the Italian national Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).

500 years of “Orlando Furioso” in Teramo

Jul 20, 2016

500 years of “Orlando Furioso” in Teramo To celebrate 500 years of the first edition of Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalricpoem “Orlando Furioso”, in which the author imagines a space flight before its time, on 22 July 2016,the Astronomical Observatory of Teramo will host the play “Su l’ali del destrier verso la Luna”.

Super-Massive And Supersonic: The First Black Hole Studied With The Sardinia Radio Telescope

Jul 13, 2016

Super-Massive And Supersonic: The First Black Hole Studied With The Sardinia Radio Telescope Using the brand-new Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT), a giant parabolic dish of 64 meters diameter, a team of astronomers from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and the University of Cagliari have produced a detailed image of a super-massive black hole proceeding at high speed towards the core of the distant cluster of galaxies designed as 3C 129

CTA will have its permanent headquarters in Italy

Jun 14, 2016

CTA will have its permanent headquarters in Italy The National Institute for Astrophysics wins the European competition: the board of the project has decided that the headquarters of the international organization leading one of the most prestigious infrastructure of modern physics will be located in Italy