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ASDC Newsletter #6

 

 

The ASDC is a facility managed by the Exploration and Observation of the Universe unit of ASI, which is part of the ASI-Technical Directorate. It acts in close cooperation with the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), with the participation of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and a number of Universities in Italy.

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NuSTAR set to deliver first scientific results

The Italian participation to the NuSTAR mission includes the provision of the Malindi ground station (ASI), the ASI Science Data Center (ASDC) which plays a major role in the development of the NuSTAR Data Analysis Software (NuSTARDAS) package and will host the official mirror of the NuSTAR scientific data archive and a team of scientists of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) to collaborate on the primary scientific mission goals. The NuSTARDAS software, developed at ASDC capitalizing on the experience gathered in the development of the BeppoSAX and Swift XRT data reduction systems,  is the official package to process the NuSTAR FITS formatted telemetry Level 1 data and generate cleaned and calibrated Level 2 and Level 3 scientific products. ( ...read more)

        

   

The first Swift UVOT image interactive analysis tool 

A new interactive imaging tool has been developed at ASDC to allow web users to have a preview of a Swift Ultra Violet-Optical Telescope (UVOT) image in the public archive or in an observation just performed (ToO or a Guest Investigator one), and to perform an interactive and preliminary analysis around a chosen sky position.. (...read more)

 

      

         

The first online likelihood tool for Fermi data and other news

An update of the online tool dedicated to the preview of Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) data is available at the ASDC Multi Mission Interactive Archive (MMIA, "Multimission Archive" item of the main page menu). LAT data around a sky position in a selected energy range and time period can be queried and downloaded by the user, displaying the photon count-map. This is useful  to outlook the gamma-ray events before the beginning of the detection analysis with the standard Fermi "Science Tools" software, or to choose to improve the data set through a new query. A new option is now implemented, allowing the user to perform a source/position interactive Fermi LAT Online Data Analysis (FODA) selecting the "gtlike" option. This runs a maximum likelihood spectral analysis performed through the Fermi "Science Tools" software with the last Instrument Response Functions (IRFs). (...read more)

     

    

From multi-frequency astrophysics to multi-messenger astroparticle physics with AMS-02

The computing farm dedicated to AMS-02, an experiment on board of the International Space Station since May 2011, is now fully operative at ASDC. AMS-02 is a large acceptance magnetic spectrometer conceived to perform precise measurements of the composition and the energy spectrum of the cosmic rays in space in the GeV-TeV energy range. Till now the experiment has collected more than 250TB of data. Selected streams of this data with electrons, positrons and high energy photons are stored at ASDC and are being analyzed by the AMS-ASDC team. ( ...read more )

 

   

        

European Researchers' Night 2012 at ASDC

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) and ASDC actively participated to the last "European Researchers Night" appointment of September 28, 2012 in Frascati. The event is promoted by the European Commission and is dedicated to talks and meetings between the scientific community and the general public. It was in its seventh edition. (...read more)

 

     
     

CTA general meeting held in Rome

On last October 22-26, 2012 the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Consortium general meeting took place in Rome, Italy, at the CNR Headquarters (with an open R&D session that took place on wednesday at the Aula Magna of Rome University "La Sapienza"). The meeting was organized by INAF in collaboration with OAR, ASDC and ARAP and it was attended by about 250 scientists and 40 industrial partners. The several working groups of the CTA Project convened in different parallel sessions during the first two days of the meeting. Meeting topics covered all the main aspects of the present phase of the CTA project. (...read more)

      

    

EWASS 2012 conference held in Rome

Last July 1-6, 2012 the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2012 Meeting, formerly known as Jenam) took place in Rome, Italy, at the Pontificia Università Lateranense, with the contribution of ASDC personnel to the general Local Organizing Committee (LOC), general secretariat and to the LOC of specific symposia. EWASS 2012 was a wide and important international event and conference, attended by more than 800 registered participants, and organized by the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and Società Astronomica Italiana (Italian Astronomical Society, SAIt) with the support of INAF, ESA, ESO, ASI and ThalesAlenia. (...read more)