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The Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (National Institute for Astrophysics), or INAF for short, is the most important Italian institution conducting scientific research in astronomy and astrophysics. Researches performed by the scientific staff of the Institute go from the study of the planets and minor bodies of the solar system up to researches of cosmological interest (e.g. large-scale structure of the Universe and systems of galaxies).

Research Facilities[edit]

INAF coordinates the activities of 20 research units, 19 of which located in Italy and the last one operating in Spain:

International partnerships[edit]

INAF is involved in scientific collaborations with several international institutions, among which we mention:

Notable figures[edit]


  1. ^ Curriculum vitae di Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

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