Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Astronomy Mathematics Building of National Taiwan University.JPG
Astronomy-Mathematics Building on the Campus of National Taiwan University.
Established2010, 7 years ago
DirectorYou-Hua Chu
Address11F of Astronomy-Mathematics Building, AS/NTU. No.1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
WebsiteOfficial website

The Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (also known as the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, abbreviated as ASIAA or IAA. Chinese: 中央研究院天文及天文物理研究所) is a research institute of the national academy of Taiwan, Academia Sinica.

ASIAA is currently located in the Astronomy and Mathematics Building at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan and also has a field office in Hilo, Hawaii.

ASIAA was officially established on June 1, 2010, with Paul Ho being the first director.


The research areas of ASIAA range from the Solar System, to star formation, to galaxies and cosmology. ASIAA has either led or co-led the construction and operation of several telescopes, including, the (AMiBA Telescope to study the cosmic microwave background radiation, also known as "Lee Array"), the Taiwanese-American Occultation Survey, the Submillimeter Array and many other research projects.


ASIAA is involved in several research projects, including:


ASIAA has access to several observatories:


Directors for the re-establishment of ASIAA[edit]

  • Typhoon Lee (1993–1994)
  • Chi Yuan (1994–1997)
  • Fred Lo (1997 – 2002 August)
  • Paul Ho (September 2002 – August 2003)
  • Sun Kwok (September 2003 – 2005 August)
  • Paul Ho (September 2005 – May 2010)

Directors of ASIAA[edit]

  • Paul Ho (June 2010 – August 2014)
  • You-Hua Chu (September 2014–present)

Education and public outreach[edit]

ASIAA astronomer (Tang, Ya-Wen) interacts with the public at the "Ask An Astronomer" event, a featured program of the yearly AS Open House.
Dr. Ken Chen (EACOA Fellow/ASIAA) is about to begin a public talk at the Open House
The "Cosmos TV" updates Taiwan public with latest astronomical research results by broadcasting videos—some are in-house produced, some with English -->Chinese subtitles translated.

Academia Sinica Headquarters organizes its Open House Day annually in late October or November to raise awareness and interest in science among the public. All of the 31 institutes of the Academia Sinica actively participate in educational entertainment programs.

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