Institute of Astronomy’s mission (IA) is to promote astrophysics development in Mexico through original and innovative research with international impact, design and construction of astronomical instrumentation with state-of-the-art technology as well as human resources training with world standards and scientific circulation of excellence.

IA-UNAM develops cutting-edge research in both observational and theoretical astrophysics. In observational research, both National Astronomical Observatory in San Pedro Martir (OAN-SPM, Spanish acronym), Baja California, and telescopes abroad or onboard of space missions as well as their data repositories as virtual observatory resources are used. In particular, the IA has access to the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC, Spanish acronym) ("Canaries Great Telescope"), the largest optical / infrared telescope in the world, thanks to an instrumentation development program. Several international projects build telescopes at the OAN- SPM for benefit of the national astronomical community. Theoretical research makes use of supercomputing infrastructure developed at both the IA itself, the Computing and Information and Communication technologies Office (DGTIC-UNAM, Spanish acronym), and at supercomputing centers in other national or international institutions.



Keeping a national and international leadership position on cutting-edge astrophysics researches, developing astronomical instrumentation with state-of-the-art technology, and generating projects of great significance that will put our observatories within the international competitive framework, for the benefit of the country’s scientific and technological development.



To conduct research and generate new knowledge in the fields of stellar, planetary, galactic, extragalactic astrophysics, interstellar and intergalactic medium, cosmology, high energy, and other related fields, as well as the development of astronomical instrumentation and new technologies.

To train high quality human resources with international standards providing courses, leading thesis and incorporating people in research projects in collaboration with related institutes and faculties of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and other national and international educational and scientific institutions.

To operate and maintain in good conditions the National Astronomical Observatory in San Pedro Martir, BC., and Tonantzintla, Puebla, and generate large projects that position our observatories in the international competitive environment. 

To create a national institutions network to prepare a National Development Plan for Astronomy.

To conduct dissemination and popularization of science in general and particularly astronomy.







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