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Istituto nazionale di astrofisica
INAF logo.svg
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[edit]

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

International partnerships[edit]

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

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

Notable figures[edit]


REM telescope with Milky Way in background

Projects include:

See also[edit]


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

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