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]

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica
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AddressViale del Parco Mellini 84, 00136 Rome, Italy
Coordinates41°55′21″N 12°27′08″E / 41.92250°N 12.45222°E / 41.92250; 12.45222Coordinates: 41°55′21″N 12°27′08″E / 41.92250°N 12.45222°E / 41.92250; 12.45222

Research facilitiesEdit

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

International partnershipsEdit

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

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

Notable figuresEdit


REM telescope with Milky Way in background

Projects include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Institute for Astrophysics—Home". INAF. Archived from the original on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Agreement Signed for E-ELT MAORY Adaptive Optics System". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-16.

External linksEdit

  • 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