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May 18, 2017Enhanced gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ CTA 102 detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #10386 (G. Minervini et al.).

Apr 18, 2017AGILE detection of enhanced gamma-ray activity from a new unidentified source, AGL J0523+0646

New ATel issued: ATel #10282 (F. Lucarelli et al.).

Mar 17, 2017Enhanced Gamma-Ray Emission from the Microquasar Cygnus X-3 Detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #10179 (G. Piano et al.).

Mar 01, 2017AGILE Detection of Enhanced Gamma-Ray Emission from the Microquasar Cygnus X-3

New ATel issued: ATel #10138 (G. Piano et al.).

Feb 27, 2017All AGILE Data up to the end of Cycle-9 are now publicly available

In 2015 the AGILE Mission Board suggested a change in the AGILE gamma-ray scientific data policy.
The standard one-year proprietary period requirement was eliminated, and starting from October 2015 all AGILE-GRID data are published as soon as they are processed and validated.

The new public AGILE archive now contains all data from the start of Cycle-1 on December 1, 2007 Observation Block (OB) 4900, up to the end of Cycle-9 on November 30, 2016, OB 25100.
Data are available from the ASDC Multimission Archive (MMIA) webpage for the AGILE Mission..

The query to the archive give access to all AGILE public data through an interactive webpage including the ASDC "Interactive Analysis" tool. The tool allows web users to preview the AGILE data fields, and to perform a preliminary analysis around a chosen sky position.

Jan 27, 2017GRB 170127C (Fermi/GBM trigger 507173752): AGILE analysis

New GCN issued: GCN #20545 (A. Ursi et al., on behalf of the AGILE Team).

Jan 25, 2017GRB 170115B: AGILE/SuperAGILE localisation

New GCN issued: GCN #20525 (Y. Evangelista et al., on behalf of the AGILE Team).

Jan 17, 2017GRB 170115B: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #20474 (F. Verrecchia et al., on behalf of the AGILE team).

Jan 04, 2017AGILE confirmation of enhanced gamma-ray activity from NGC 1275

New ATel issued: ATel #9934 (F. Lucarelli et al.).

Dec 29, 2016AGILE detection of renewed and intense gamma-ray flaring from the FSRQ CTA 102

New ATel issued: ATel #9911 (A. Bulgarelli et al.).

Dec 14, 2016AGILE detection of intense gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ CTA102

New ATel issued: ATel #9863 (A. Bulgarelli et al.).

Dec 09, 2016Swift observation of strong X-ray and UV activity of CTA 102

New ATel issued: ATel #9841 (S. Ciprini et al.).

Dec 09, 2016AGILE detection of a new episode of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ CTA102

New ATel issued: ATel #9840 (F. Verrecchia et al.).

Nov 24, 2016AGILE detects renewed gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ CTA 102

New ATel issued: ATel #9788 (A. Bulgarelli et al.).

Nov 11, 2016AGILE detection of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ CTA 102

New ATel issued: ATel #9743 (G. Minervini et al.).

Oct 14, 2016AGILE detection of transient emission from the FSRQ TXS 0907+230 region

New ATel issued: ATel #9623 (P. Munar-Adrover et al.).

Oct 12, 2016New episode of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the Crab Nebula detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #9617 (P. Munar-Adrover et al.).

Oct 3, 2016Enhanced gamma-ray emission from the Crab Nebula detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #9586 (A. Bulgarelli et al.).

Sep 21, 2016PKS 1510-089 in high gamma-ray state as detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #9520 (G. Minervini et al.).

Sep 4, 2016Renewed Gamma-Ray Emission from the blazar PKS 1510-089 Detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #9450 (P. Munar-Adrover et al.).

Aug 30, 2016AGILE Detection of Gamma-Ray Emission from the Microquasar Cygnus X-3

New ATel issued: ATel #9429 (G. Piano et al.).

Aug 09, 2016Renewed gamma-ray activity from the blazar PKS 1510-089 detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #9350 (C. Pittori et al.).

Aug 01, 2016AGILE follow-up of the neutrino ICECUBE-160731 event

New ATel issued: ATel #9295 (F. Lucarelli et al.).

Jul 11, 2016AGILE detection of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ 4C +01.02

New ATel issued: ATel #9232 (F. Verrecchia et al.).

June 28, 2016ASDC participation to high-school outreach program

In mid June 2016, twenty high-school students from Liceo Classico "Aristofane" and Liceo Classico "Giulio Cesare" of Rome, spent one week at the Headquarters of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to participate to the "Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro" (School and Work synergy) project, according to the new indications of the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) aimed at giving a real work experience to high-school students.
On June 17, 2016, the students used ASDC tools to analyze data coming from both Solar System exploration and Universe observation missions, under the guide of Stefano Ciprini, Dario Gasparrini, Fabrizio Lucarelli, Carlotta Pittori and Angelo Zinzi.
After a brief introduction by Ciprini and Pittori on the astrophysical observations of the Universe, and by Zinzi on the exploration of the Solar System, the students were divided into four groups of five persons each. The students chose their preferred field of analysis, so that two groups used planetology ASDC tools and the other two groups used Universe observation ASDC tools.


Stefano Ciprini and Carlotta Pittori introducing the subject of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) observations.



Angelo Zinzi talking about the use of infrared spectra for mineralogic analysis on asteroids.


The planetological analysis was carried out by looking at data acquired by VIR spectrometer onboard NASA Dawn mission over the asteroid Vesta. The search for the data was conducted using the ASDC tool MATISSE, whose output (in FITS format) was then passed on to the JS9 tool to evaluate the 1.98 μm band depth, on the basis of the work by Palomba et al. (2015) devoted to the characterization of dark units on Vesta.


Students working with planetological data


The groups of students who chose to use the Universe observation tools from ASDC had to replicate the analysis of a couple of exceptional bright flares seen in gamma-rays from the AGILE satellite from the two AGNs PKS 1510-059 and 3C 279. Starting from the AGILE Astronomer's Telegrams (ATels) #6366 and #7631, announcing the dramatic gamma-ray enhancements, they identified the period of AGN activity and searched the correspondent AGILE data from the MMIA Archive. For this special occasion, we provided the students with access to the AGILE LV3 online analysis tool accessible through the ASDC web pages (the tool will soon become public). They very easily familiarized with the tool and, by means of that, they were able to produce a sky map and a light curve of the two sources, showing the rapid increase in gamma-ray flux observed in correspondence of the period reported in the ATels.

At the end of the day, the students compiled a "Daily Log" with all the capabilities acquired during the work.


Students analysing AGN data


June 28, 2016MATISSE on Astrobetter

A post about MATISSE, the ASDC web-tool for the exploitation of planetary exploration data, has been recently published on the Astrobetter blog.
Accordingly to the goal of Astrobetter to give "tips and tricks for professional astronomers", in the aforementioned post the main characteristics of MATISSE have been described together with an example of usage of the tool.
In particular the analysis of the thermal infrared part of the spectrum of asteroid Vesta acquired by VIR instrument aboard NASA Dawn mission has been shown. As these data are publicly available the example can be easily replicated by everyone accessing MATISSE.

Jun 24, 2016A gamma-ray flare from 3C 454.3 detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #9186 (G. Munar-Adrover et al.).


AGILE-GRID sky map (E >100 MeV) in Aitoff projection during the period 22-24 June, 2016, showing the 3C 454.3 flare.

Jun 21, 2016Renewed gamma-ray activity of the Blazar 3C 454.3 detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #9176 (A. Bulgarelli et al.).

Jun 18, 2016AGILE confirmation of enhanced gamma-ray activity from the Blazar 1ES 1959+650

New ATel issued: ATel #9168 (F. Lucarelli et al.).

Jun 15, 2016AGILE detection of increasing gamma-ray activity from the Blazar 3C 454.3

New ATel issued: ATel #9157 (F. Lucarelli et al.).

June 14, 2016Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's 8th Birthday

Happy birthday, Fermi! Here below the official message to members and affiliated scientists of the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) Collaboration by the Dr. Peter Michelson, professor of Physics at Stanford University, California, USA and Principal Investigator for the LAT on the Fermi spacecraft.
<<Dear Colleagues, The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (then known as GLAST) was launched on June 11, 2008 at just past noon (EDT). We should all celebrate the incredible successes of this observatory over the past 8 years. It true has transformed our view of the high-energy Universe and continues to make discoveries about our Universe. Congratulations to all members of the Fermi LAT Collaboration and thank you for your incredible contributions. I am so proud to be a member of such a wonderful collaboration. All the Best, Peter>>.
In these days the gamma-ray mission Fermi, and the other flying NASA missions for the observation of the X-ray sky (Swift, NuSTAR), have received the positive green light to the extension of their mission budget funding and operation lifetime at least to 2018. The NASA has announced this at the end of its evaluation procedure, the Senior Review 2016, on June 9, 2016. The Fermi mission operations have been extended until 2018, with a request to plan for operations through at least 2020. An ASI/INFN/INAF joint public statement is available here.
The ASDC is contributing to the Fermi mission by maintaining a mirror data archive of the LAT high level science data, participating in the data validation, science data analysis, software tools, in the analysis, construction, distribution of the LAT source catalogs. Further activities include the exploitation of the LAT data in connection with multifrequency and multi-mission data, and the contribution to services, duties and coordinations within the LAT experiment.



May 23, 2016The 4th Moon Mapping project Workshop

On May 10 and 11 2016 the 4th workshop dedicated to the Italian-Chinese project known as "Moon Mapping" took place at the ASI headquarters in Rome.
The event started with the joined signature of the Intellectual Property agreement by ASI President R. Battiston and COSE vice-president G. Xie.
More than 30 researchers and students from Italy and China involved in the study of the Moon by means of data acquired by instruments onboard the Chinese Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 missions participated to the meeting.
The main topics of the joint project (i.e., Map of the solar wind ion, Structure map of the Moon, Map of elements distribution and Establishment of 3D digital visualization system) have been actively discussed together with the presentation of external activities related to the exploration of the Moon and of the Solar System in general.
During the visit to Italy, the Chinese delegation also visited the INFN National Laboratories in Frascati and the facilities of Thales Alenia Space and ALTEC in Turin.
Detailed information about the Moon Mapping project can be found on
http://solarsystem.asdc.asi.it/moonmapping


ASI President R. Battiston and COSE vice president G. Xie while signing the Intellectual Property agreement