Institute of Astronomy

Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?

press release

Press release 27-Nov-2012

Using ESA’s Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered vast comet belts surrounding two nearby planetary systems known to host only Earth-to-Neptune-mass worlds. The comet reservoirs could have delivered life-giving oceans to the innermost planets.     Read more...

Graduate Student Opportunities 2013

Prospective Students

Have the opportunity to participate in world class research in the fields of theoretical and observational Astronomy.     Read more...

Public Observing is back for the new winter season!

From 7-9pm every Wednesday

The IoA Public Open Evenings will now run weekly until March 2013.     Read more...

Giant black holes found lurking in survey data

Press release 9-Oct-2012

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have used cutting-edge infrared surveys of the sky to discover a new population of enormous, rapidly growing supermassive black holes in the early Universe.     Read more...


Research at the Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy researches across the entire breadth of astronomy. Find out more about our current fields of research and project involvement.     Read more...

Undergraduate Study Opportunities

For Cambridge students

The Institute of Astronomy offers two exciting courses in Astrophysics, providing the University's only dedicated astronomy course at the Part II level and a Part III course offering the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.     Read more...

About the IoA

Institute of Astronomy

The Institute of Astronomy (IoA), at the University of Cambridge, is one of the largest centres for astronomical research in the UK, and is engaged in world-class teaching and research in the fields of theoretical and observational Astronomy.     Read more...

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Astronomy News

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  • NASA Spacecraft Finds New Evidence for Water Ice on Mercury

Upcoming Talks at the IoA

Friday 30 November 2012
Pascal Elahi, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
Finding the Remains of Murdered Haloes and Galaxies: The Streams Going Notts Comparison Study
Time: 11:30-12:30  [details]
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Maciej Hermanowicz (IoA)
Resolved star forming region populations in nearby galaxies
Time: 13:15-13:45  [details]
Clare Worley (Nice -> IoA)
The AMBRE Project: Galactic Archaeology with the ESO archive
Time: 13:45-14:15  [details]
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