About us


Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy (AIRA) is the most important astronomical research institute in Romania with research topics covering studies of  the Sun, the planets and the small bodies bodies of the Solar System, celestial mechanics, stars, galaxies, cosmology, and the history of astronomy.

Since its very begining, in 1908, asteroids where a proeminent research topic of AIRA both in theoretical (dynamical) and observational (photographic) studies. AIRA currently hosts one of the most important photographic plates collection in the World (more than 12000 plates) with precise, astrometric observations of asteroids representing the core of the archive. More recently, new research directions in the field of planetary sciences were opened with the introduction of CCD observations and with the beginning of spectroscopic studies of minor bodies.

The RU-TE project Physical studies of Solar System bodies is central to the planetary research activity of AIRA.

The project was funded by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS-UEFISCDI project number PN-II-RU-TE-2011-3-0163, contract number 1 from 14/10/2011.