Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon

Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL)

Center for Astrophysics Research

UMR 5574

CRAL is a laboratory working on fundamental research in astrophysics and in developing instrumentations for major observatories.

CRAL has about 30 researchers, 20 engineers, technicians and administrative staff, and 30 doctoral, post-doctoral and fixed-term contracts.

Main missions of the CRAL

  • to conduct theoritical and observational researches in astrophysics and astronomy
  • to manage and develop instrumental projects for the large observatories or space missions
  • to ensure and to deploy its national observational services labelled in Astronomy-Astrophysics by the CNRS-INSU
  • to ensure its teaching activities in physics and astrophysics