Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie
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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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A new molecule detected in a proto-planetary disk
Understanding the composition of proto-planetary disks, which systematically accompany the formation of stars and are the cradles of planetary systems, remains a key step to elucidate the mechanisms of planet […]
Part of the Universe’s missing matter found thanks to the MUSE instrument
Galaxies can receive and exchange matter with their external environment thanks to the galactic winds created by stellar explosions. Thanks to the MUSE instrument (1) from the Very Large Telescope […]
Overview of the future Venusian mission EnVision
In about ten years, the European mission EnVision will set course for Venus to allow us to have, for the first time, a global vision of the planet. Indeed, we […]
THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE GIANT EXOPLANET TAU BOO B WAS INVESTIGATED WITH SPIROU
Using the SPIRou spectropolarimeter on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) in Hawaii, a team gathering core SPIRou scientists led by Stefan Pelletier, PhD student at Université de Montréal, studied the atmosphere of the gas giant exoplanet […]
InSight Mission: Mars unveiled
Using information obtained from around a dozen earthquakes detected on Mars by the Very Broad Band SEIS seismometer, developed in France, the international team of NASA’s InSight mission has unveiled […]
A simple way to make the continental crust
The earth’s continental crust is characterized by a composition strongly enriched in Si, Al and alkaline metals (a ‘felsic’ composition). But what is the origin of this crust? This question […]