Our activities are related to the study of stellar evolution, in a broad context. Three Leuven expert teams are active in the specific areas of asteroseismology, evolved low-mass stars and exoplanets. A fourth team is involved in the development of astronomical instrumentation, both for ground-based facilities and for space science satellites.Research &
The Institute of Astronomy is involved in two Master programmes:
The Master A&A is a 2-year full time programme covering 120 ECTS.
The Advanced Master of Space Studies is a 1-year advanced master programme organised together with Ghent University.
The Gaia space mission was designed to measures the positions, distances, and space motions for about one billion stars in our Milky Way. This will allow, for the first time, to create a large 3-dimensional map of our Galaxy. Today, 1000 days after its launch, and 782 days in routine operations, Gaia releases its first map of the sky.