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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]

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica
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Established 1999
Location Rome, Italy
Coordinates 41°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
Address Viale del Parco Mellini 84, 00136 Rome, Italy


Research facilitiesEdit

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


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