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Istituto nazionale di astrofisica
INAF logo.svg
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
AddressViale del Parco Mellini 84, 00136 Rome, Italy

The National Institute for Astrophysics (Italian: Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, or INAF) is the most important Italian institution conducting scientific research in astronomy and astrophysics. Research performed by the scientific staff of the Institute ranges from the study of the planets and minor bodies of the Solar system up to the large-scale structure of the Universe and groups and clusters of galaxies on cosmological scales.[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


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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