The “Planetary Systems” team at IA focuses its activities around two major branches: Exoplanet research and Solar System atmospheres.
All this research is supported by our strong leading participation in a number of international projects and collaborations, including ESO and ESA projects and missions.

Latest press releases

First ‘glory’ on hellish distant world?
Published 5 April, 2024 in Outreach

Led by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researcher, the team used ESA's Cheops space telescope to observe potential signs of the rainbow-like ‘glory effect’ in the... read more ❯
Saturn’s moon is a testing ground for finding life beyond the Solar System
Published 7 March, 2024 in Outreach

A atmosfera da maior lua de Saturno esconde a sua superfície sob uma camada global de neblinas espessas e opacas.

A team led by the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) used Titan’s atmosphere as a natural laboratory to deepen the chemistry of methane, a molecule that, on Earth,... read more ❯

Activities

Upcoming activities

PoET Workshop 2024

A 3-day workshop with the main goal of discussing The use of the Sun as a proxy for correcting/modelling stellar activity, the role of PoET in this effort and collaborations with other facilities; The detailed instrumental design of PoET; Building a science community around PoET.
Free registration

Past activities

4th Planetary Systems Day @ IA

IA planetary systems group is organizing the 4th yearly Planetary Systems Day @ IA. The day will feature presentations of planetary research works being done by the team and external collaborators, plus a presentation and discussion sessions dedicated to the forthcoming ESA space mission PLATO.
Free registration

Projects

CSI

Abstract: Despite the substantial knowledge that has been acquired over the past years, there are still many open questions in the field of Read more

FIERCE (ERC)

FIERCE aims at providing the long-needed step forward to tackle the challenges of stellar activity on the search for Exoearths. The detection and Read more