Istituto nazionale di astrofisica
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AddressViale del Parco Mellini 84, 00136 Rome, Italy
Coordinates41°55′18.82″N 12°26′59.57″E / 41.9218944°N 12.4498806°E / 41.9218944; 12.4498806Coordinates: 41°55′18.82″N 12°26′59.57″E / 41.9218944°N 12.4498806°E / 41.9218944; 12.4498806

The National Institute for Astrophysics (Italian: Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, or INAF) is an Italian research institute in astronomy and astrophysics, founded in 1999. INAF funds and operates twenty separate research facilities, which in turn employ scientists, engineers and technical staff. The research they perform covers most areas of astronomy, ranging from planetary science to cosmology.[1]

Research facilities

INAF coordinates the activities of twenty research units, nineteen in Italy and one in Spain:

International partnerships

Agreement signed for E-ELT MAORY adaptive optics system.[2]

INAF is involved in scientific collaborations with several international institutions, including:

Notable figures


REM telescope with Milky Way in background

Projects include:

See also


  1. ^ "National Institute for Astrophysics—Home". INAF. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Agreement Signed for E-ELT MAORY Adaptive Optics System".

External links

  • Official website of INAF
  • Public and press website of INAF
  • Website of the Italian Telescopio Nazione Galileo
  • Website of the Large Binocular Telescope (Arizona, US)
  • Italian Astronomical Archive Center
  • Italian Virtual Observatory