Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie
Observer et comprendre l'Univers
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Who are we ?
IRAP teams work on the study and understanding of the Universe and its content: the Earth as a planet, its ionized spatial environment, the sun and its planets, the stars and their planetary systems, the interstellar environment, galaxies, compact objects, the very first stars and the primordial Big Bang. This is done through observation, modeling and theory, instrumentation and laboratory experiments.
With a staff of technical personnel qualified in the field of design, construction, integration and operation of instruments on the ground and in space, IRAP is a major center of instrumentation in astrophysics , at an international level. He also participates in numerous national observation services (SNO) of INSU.
This Joint Research Unit (JRU 5277) is affiliated with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paul Sabatier University – Toulouse III (UPS), and also has the supervision of the National Center for Space Studies (CNES). It is also a member of the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory (OMP).
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New clues to mysterious radio signals from deep space
Thanks to two NASA X-ray telescopes, an international team of scientists involving the Toulouse-based Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (IRAP/OMP – CNES/CNRS/UT3) has been able to observe a […]
DORN instrument heads for the Moon
The DORN (Detection of Outgassing RadoN) instrument, dedicated to measuring radon on the Moon’s surface, was developed at IRAP-OMP. It will be on board China’s Chang’E6 lunar mission, scheduled for […]
Final months for the Cluster mission, after 24 years of success in space
After 24 years of space operations, during which they have greatly advanced our understanding of the dynamics of the Earth’s magnetosphere and its interaction with the solar wind, the first […]
Electromagnetic mapping of auroral emissions from Jupiter’s moons updated by Juno
Jupiter’s intense magnetic field gives rise to the largest magnetosphere in the solar system. Within it, the movement of ions and electrons is governed by the magnetic field. A precise […]
The future of scientific meetings
Professional travel to events such as conferences and meetings represents a significant part of the carbon footprint of astronomical research, as can be seen, for example, in IRAP’s greenhouse gas […]
Go-ahead for EnVision mission
ESA’s Science Program Committee (SPC) has just approved the start of development of the EnVision mission, dedicated to the study of Venus as part of the Cosmic Vision program’s M5 […]