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A new gamma-ray transient detected by AGILE
in the Galactic Plane

AGILE new transient

(Credits: AGILE Team)

For further information see Atel#6427.

A new gamma-ray flare of the black hole Crazy Diamond 3C 454.3

(Credits: Andrea Bulgarelli of the AGILE Team)

 

Press release available at INAF, ASI, and INFN websites.

See also Paolo Giommi's (ASI-ASDC) video on the spectral properties of 3C 454.3.

Last Science Workshop: May 8-9, 2014

12th AGILE Science Workshop

Scientific Program and logistics information at:

12th AGILE Science Workshop

AGILE Goes On

AGILE and plasma physics studies

Le Scienze, April 3, 2014.

GRB131108A:
A GAMMA-RAY FLASH FROM TEN BILLION YEARS AGO
(detected by AGILE on November 8, 2013)

GRB131108A

(Credits: AGILE Team)

See also AGILE Science App, ASDC News and Media INAF

Past Workshops and Conferences

11th AGILE Science Workshop

For further information see:

11th AGILE Science Workshop

Press conference on terrestrial gamma-ray flashes at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013

(Credits: EGU)

On April 10, 2013 Marco Tavani took part in a press conference at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013 in Wien. The title of the conference was "Thunderstorms and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes". The other participants were Oscar van der Velde, researcher at the Technical University of Catalonia, and Joseph Dwyer, Professor at the Department of physics and Space Science of Florida Institute of Technology.

See also ASI-INAF-INFN joint Press Release

Marco Tavani received the 2012 Bruno Rossi prize on behalf of the AGILE Team at the 221st American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting

2012 Bruno Rossi prize

(Credits: AAS)

On January 8, 2013 Marco Tavani received the 2012 Bruno Rossi prize on behalf of the AGILE Team at the 221 st AAS Meeting in Long Beach (California) and presented the AAS HEAD Rossi Prize Plenary lecture on the discovery of gamma-ray flares from the Crab Nebula.

 

Lecture slides and talk avaliable here.


 

See also INAF news

The AGILE app for smartphones

AGILE app

(Credits: AGILE Team)

AGILEScience, a brand new app for AGILE now available from the iTunes Store. It is a window for exploring the most energetic phenomena of our Universe and having an eye on the AGILE gamma-ray sky in real-time.
See also INAF news

Recent Workshops

The Flaring Crab Meeting

For further information see:

The Flaring Crab: Surprise and Impact

9th AGILE Workshop 10th AGILE Workshop

For further information see:

9th AGILE Workshop - 10th AGILE Workshop

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) awards the 2012 Bruno Rossi prize to Marco Tavani and the AGILE Team for the discovery of transient gamma-ray emission from the Crab Nebula

AGILE and Crab Nebula

(Credits: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The news in the Media

The 2012 Rossi Prize has been awarded to astrophysicist Marco Tavani and the AGILE team for the discovery of variable gamma-ray emission from the Crab Nebula. Believed to be a steady source of energy - from optical to gamma rays - this finding has changed our understanding of cosmic accelerators.
"The production of these incredible gamma-ray flares from the Crab Nebula is a feat that will lead us to a deeper understanding of the fundamental processes of particle acceleration in cosmic sources," said Dr. Tavani. "AGILE unveiled this phenomenon in part because of its rapid data acquisition and processing - a large success for a 'Small Mission'."
The AAS High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) awards the Rossi Prize in recognition of significant contributions as well as recent and original work in high-energy astrophysics. The prize is in honor of Professor Bruno Rossi, an authority on cosmic-ray physics and a pioneer in the field of X-ray astronomy.
Dr. Tavani will give a lecture at the 221st AAS meeting in Long Beach, California, in January 2013.

See also INAF news, ASI news, INFN news, ASDC news

Interview with Marco Tavani, AGILE Principal Investigator, and Giovanni Bignami, President of the Italian Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)

SuperAGILE detects a Gamma-Ray Burst associated with a Supernova

GRB and SN

(Credits: foreground image - AGILE Team and ASDC, background image - Don Dixon )

On December 11, 2011 at 22:17:33 UT the SuperAGILE hard X-ray monitor aboard the Italian AGILE satellite localized a Gamma Ray Burst, GRB 111211A (GCN #12666 F. Lazzarotto et al.). The GRB 111211A is the first event detected by SuperAGILE associated with a Supernova (GCN #12802 A. de Ugarte Postigo et al.).While an average number of about 200 - 300 GRBs are localised each year in the X-ray band, less than twenty firm associations with Supernovae are established up to now. The SuperAGILE GRB 111211A is a rare occurrence of a burst which appears to be accompanied by a Supernova explosion, and gives the opportunity to further investigate the GRB-Supernova connection.
See also INAF news, ASDC news

AGILE resolves the mystery of the origin of cosmic rays

AGILE and W44

(Credits: AGILE Team, G. Castelletti, G. Dubner)

The AGILE discovery in the Media

AGILE has discovered a pattern of gamma-ray emission from the Supernova Remnant W44 that can be unambiguosly attributed to accelerate protons smashing against surrounding gas. For many decades, a direct identification of sites in our galaxy where proton acceleration takes place has been elusive. The AGILE data resolves the problem of clearly identifying a source of energetic cosmic rays in our galaxy. The AGILE team reported these findings in the paper by Giuliani et al., ApJL, 742, L30, 2011.
See also INAF news, ASI news, Italian Press Release, English Press Release

AGILE Cycle-3 Public Data now available

The proprietary period for the AGILE Cycle-3 Observation Blocks (OB) from OB 8600 to OB 10400 has currently expired. The data are public and available from the ASDC Multimission Archive (MMIA) webpage for the AGILE Mission.

New Crab Nebula super-flare on April 16, 2011

A very strong gamma-ray flare was detected by AGILE on April 16, 2011 from the Crab Nebula. The flux above 100 MeV reached the unprecedented value of
F = (2000 +/- 370) 10^{-8} ph/cm^2/sec.
The Crab was then twice as bright as the Vela Pulsar!

See ATel # 3286

AGILE's 20.000 orbits

On March 10, 2011 AGILE reached an important goal, it orbited the Earth 20.000 times since it was launched from the Sriharikota Indian base on April 23, 2007.

See
ASI News           Media INAF

AGILE discovery that the Crab Nebula is variable

AGILE and Crab Nebula

(Credits: AGILE Team, ASI, NASA)

"Agile 'prende' il Granchio"

The Crab Nebula is certainly one of the most famous astronomical objects. It is at the center of a bright supernova that exploded in 1054 and was recorded by Chinese astronomers. It encloses now at its very center one of the most powerful pulsars. The Crab has been considered for decades as one of the strongest persistent X-ray and gamma-ray source in the sky and was then used as a standard calibration source in astrophysics. Therefore, when between Sept. 19 and Sept.21, 2010 the AGILE team detected a strongly enhanced gamma-ray emission from the Crab Nebula region (ATel # 2855) it provoked a sort of shock in the community. Following the AGILE discovery and the confirmation by Fermi/LAT on the following day (Atel #2861), many telescopes (Swift, INTEGRAL, Hubble, Chandra) have then pointed and are still pointing at the Crab, gathering precious information for precisely identifying the phenomenon.
See also INAF news, ASI news, ASDC news

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Timetable of the Astronomerís Telegram releases on the Crab Nebula flare in universal time, within 1 month after discovery on 22 September 2010. Corresponding telegram IDs are: 2855, 2856, 2858, 2861, 2866, 2867, 2868, 2872, 2879, 2882, 2889, 2893, 2903, 2921, 2967, 2968.

(Credits: From "Astronomy in the Time Domain", Bernardini E., Science 1201365 published online 6 January 2011, DOI: 10.1126/science.1201365. Reprint with permission from AAAS.)

Ron Cowen reports on ScienceNews about the variability
of the Crab Nebula at the 2010 Texas Symposium, in Heidelberg

"Crab Nebulaís Violent Outbursts Shock Astronomers"

The Newton magazine reports about the discovery by AGILE
of the variability of the Crab Nebula

"Occhio indiscreto"

AGILE discovery of surprising gamma-ray emission up to 100 MeV from Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes (TGFs)

AGILE detection of TGFs

(Credits: APS Physics/Alan Stonebraker)

AGILE latest article on Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes (TGFs)
reporting the surprising discovery of gamma-ray radiation
up to 100 MeV, published on Jan. 3, 2011 by Phys. Rev. Letters

"Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes as Powerful Particle Accelerators"

Commentary by J. Dwyer on Physics (Jan. 3, 2011)
See Chance of thunder and gamma-ray flashes

See also Thunder storm radiation amazes physicists

AGILE detection in November 2010 of the
extraordinary gamma-ray flare from the massive
black hole 3C 454.3

November, 2010 flare of blazar 3C 454.3

(Credit: AGILE Team)

"Crazy Diamond" fa record con AGILE

Starting on Nov. 17, 2010 (ATel # 3034) the AGILE satellite detected another extraordinary gamma-ray flare from the blazar 3C 454.3 that we are calling "Crazy Diamond" for the unpredictable variability of its emission. This gamma-ray flare is the most intense and prolonged one (ATel # 3043) ever detected, and transformed 3C 454.3 into the brightest gamma-ray source in the sky.
See also INAF news, ASI news