Last modified:
April 10, 2007



Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica

Pico dos Dias Observatory (OPD)



The Brazilian National Astrophysics Laboratory (LNA), located in Itajubá, in the southern part of Minas Gerais state, is home to Brazil's national astronomical observing facilities where scientists, engineers, and technicians combine efforts to offer the best infra-structure for astronomical observations to the scientific community.

Our mission is to plan, provide, operate and manage the facilities for ground-based astronomical observations and offer them to the Brazilian astronomers. To assure that Brazil maintains access to competitive observing instruments, LNA is committed to excellence in providing services through the development and operation of the largest telescope in Brazil (Pico dos Dias Observatory - OPD), the management of the Brazilian participation in the Gemini and SOAR Observatories, and the advancement of the development of essential instrumentation technologies.

Thus, LNA not only provides access to observational infra-structure hosting every year about 100 visiting astronomers at OPD and managing dozens of research projects of the Brazilian scientists at Gemini and SOAR, but also carries out extensive instrument development as well for our national facilities as for the international observatories with Brazilian participation and even for other observatories worldwide.

We hope that the LNA homepage will provide you with as much information as possible about our current activities and opportunities. Our new page in English is under construction, but we expect to have it ready soon. Visit us again and write to if you need additional information.