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Feb 14, 2024The AGILE satellite ceased operations and re-entered today into the atmosphere

New GCN issued: GCN #35726 (M. Tavani et al.).

New ATel issued: ATel #16450 (M. Tavani et al.).

Jan 18, 2024AGILE satellite ceased scientific observations

After 17 years of productive operations, the AGILE satellite ceased scientific observations on January 18, 2024.
Further communication and press release will follow.

Jan 11, 2024AGILE detection of gamma-ray rebrightening of the blazar PKS 1424-418

New ATel issued: ATel #16400 (A. Bulgarelli et al.).

Dec 15, 2023GRB 231215A: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #35361 (F. Verrecchia et al.).

Dec 06, 2023GRB 231205B: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #35295 (C. Casentini et al.).

Dec 01, 2023GRB 231129C: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #35244 (G. Panebianco et al.).

Nov 17, 2023GRB231117A: AGILE/MCAL analysis

New GCN issued: GCN #35085 (C. Casentini et al.).

Nov 17, 2023GRB 231117A: AGILE detection of a bright short burst

New GCN issued: GCN #35075 (P.W. Cattaneo et al.).

Nov 16, 2023GRB 231115A: AGILE/MCAL upper limits

New GCN issued: GCN #35061 (C. Pittori et al.).

Nov 14, 2023LIGO/Virgo S231113bw: upper limits from AGILE/MCAL

New GCN issued: GCN #35024 (L. Foffano et al.).

Nov 06, 2023LICIACube data publicly availble at SSDC

The data from the ASI LICIACube mission, which performed a flyby of the Didymos-Dimorphos binary asteroid system on 27th September 2022, soon after the first planetary defense test performed by the NASA DART mission, are now publicly available from both the LICIACube SOC, hosted by SSDC, and the SSDC webtool MATISSE.
In particular, on the SOC it is be possible to find all the data acquired by the two LICIACube cameras, LEIA and LUKE, in both raw and calibrated form: it is possible to either download the FITS files or the PDS4 granules (FITS observation + XML labels).
Also the NAIF SPICE kernels for the mission are available for the download by the SOC, so that accurate mission trajectories, attitudes and pointing can be computed.
On the other hand, by means of MATISSE it is possible to search for LUKE images acquired over Didymos interactively projected over the 3D shape model of the target, to be viewed in common web-browsers or to be downloaded and analysed offline.

Oct 16, 2023New AGILE Public Data up to September 30, 2023

We are pleased to announce the publication of new AGILE gamma-ray data up to September 30, 2023.The new public AGILE archive now contains all data from December 1, 2007 up to September 30, 2023, i.e. from the start of Cycle-1, Observation Block (OB) 4900, up to up to OB 42400 of the on-going Cycle-16. AGILE-GRID event files (EVT) and spacecraft auxiliary (LOG) files are available from the SSDC Multimission Archive (MMIA) webpage for the AGILE Mission.

The AGILE public scientific software package AGILE_SW_6.0, adapted from the AGILE Science Tools (TAGNAME = BUILD25), is available here.

For an easy on-line AGILE data analysis, the interested user may also query the entire public AGILE level 3 (LV3) archive through the AGILE-LV3 data analysis tool. The AGILE-LV3 tool is meant to be easily comprehensible, and it does not require any install-on-premises software or calibrations.

An open-source Python package named Agilepy, built on top of the command-line version of the AGILE/GRID Science Tools, has been developed at INAF/OAS Bologna to analyse AGILE/GRID data. Since version 1.5.0, Agilepy has implemented an automated download of public AGILE GRID data using an SSDC REST Api. The most recent Agilepy version is v1.6.4.

Sep 01, 2023The Swift X-ray Observations Campaign of the Repeating FRB20220912A

New ATel issued: ATel #16221 (F. Verrecchia et al.).

Aug 13, 2023GRB 230812B: AGILE/MCAL detection

New GCN issued: GCN #34402 (C. Casentini et al.).

Jul 27, 2023GRB 230723A: AGILE/MCAL detection

New GCN issued: GCN #34237 (G. Panebianco et al.).

Jun 09, 2023GRB 230608A: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33946 (F. Longo et al.).

May 30, 2023LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA S230529ay: upper limits from AGILE/MCAL

New GCN issued: GCN #33894 (F. Longo et al.).

May 26, 2023New AGILE Public Data now available up to March 31, 2023

We are pleased to announce the publication of new AGILE gamma-ray data up to March 31, 2023.
The new public AGILE archive now contains all data from December 1, 2007 up to March 31, 2023, i.e. from Observation Block (OB) 4900, start of Cycle-1 up to OB 41200 of the on-going Cycle-16. AGILE-GRID event files (EVT) and spacecraft auxiliary (LOG) files are available from the SSDC Multimission Archive (MMIA) webpage for the AGILE Mission.

Since October 2015 all AGILE-GRID data are published as soon as they are processed and validated. To produce your own maps and run likelihood tasks please download and install the new public AGILE software available here, and follow the User Manual included. The AGILE public scientific software package AGILE_SW_6.0, adapted from the AGILE Science Tools (TAGNAME = BUILD25), was published on Apr 18, 2019. It includes updated scientific software and calibrations, an updated model for the Galactic diffuse gamma-ray emission, a refined procedure for point-like source detection, and the search for extended gamma-ray sources.

An open-source Python package named Agilepy, built on top of the command-line version of the AGILE/GRID Science Tools, has been developed at INAF/OAS Bologna to analyse AGILE/GRID data. Since version 1.5.0, Agilepy has implemented an automated download of public AGILE GRID data using an SSDC REST Api.

For an easy on-line AGILE data analysis, the interested user may also query the entire public AGILE level 3 (LV3) archive through the AGILE-LV3 data analysis tool. The AGILE-LV3 tool is meant to be easily comprehensible, and it does not require any install-on-premises software or calibrations.

NOTE: due to a temporary problem on the AGILE telemetry time stamps, a correction has been implemented in 2022 on the real time ground software. The reprocessing of the consolidated archive for the 6-months period from September 30, 2021 to March 31, 2022 (OBs 37700-38800) is still pending, and the corresponding data are not public yet. The public archive is not affected. All AGILE payload functions are nominal.

May 24, 2023GRB 230524A: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33867 (G. Panebianco et al.).

May 19, 2023LIGO/Virgo S230518h: AGILE/MCAL observations

New GCN issued: GCN #33826 (F. Verrecchia et al.).

Apr 26, 2023AGILE detection of the gamma-ray source AGL J2114+6249

New ATel issued: ATel #16012 (L. Foffano et al.).

Apr 19, 2023GRB 230418A: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33656 (G. Panebianco et al.).

Apr 11, 2023GRB 230410B: AGILE detection of a burst

New GCN issued: GCN #33604 (F. Verrecchia et al.).

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Apr 07, 2023GRB 230405B: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33585 (C. Casentini et al.).

Apr 06, 2023AGILE detection of the gamma-ray source AGL J1626-3528

New ATel issued: ATel #15979 (C. Pittori et al.).

Apr 04, 2023Fourth Announcement of Opportunity for the CHEOPS Guest Observers programme

The Announcement of Opportunity for the CHEOPS Guest Observers (GO) programme have been released on April 4 2023 and it is the first opportunity in the CHEOPS' first extended mission. The call opened on April 4 and will close on May 25 2023 and will include observing time from 25 September 2023 to 30 September 2024. The science cases may include exomoons, ring structures, stellar activity and more.
Full details on the call, on the Programme and how to apply can be found here.

The main ESA website are the following:

Apr 02, 2023GRB 230402A: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33555 (C. Casentini et al.).

Mar 18, 2023Gamma-ray rebrightening of the blazar PKS 0402-362 detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #15952 (C. Pittori et al.).

Mar 09, 2023GRB 230307A: AGILE/MCAL analysis

New GCN issued: GCN #33444 (C. Casentini et al.).

Mar 09, 2023GRB 230308A: AGILE/MCAL detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33435 (C. Casentini et al.).

Mar 07, 2023Extended CHEOPS mission lifetime

ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has confirmed the continued operations of the science missions including CHEOPS. CHEOPS approved extension will cover 2026 and an indicative extension to 2029 upon ongoing committements from national contributors.
The ESA news is here.

Mar 07, 2023GRB 230307A: AGILE/MCAL detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33412 (C. Casentini et al.).

Feb 18, 2023GRB 230217A: AGILE/MCAL detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33343 (C. Casentini et al.).

Feb 15, 2023Gamma-ray activity of the blazar PKS 0402-362 detected by AGILE

New ATel issued: ATel #15905 (A. Bulgarelli et al.).

Feb 15, 2023GRB 230209B: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33325 (C. Casentini et al.).

Feb 07, 2023GRB 230207B: AGILE detection of a burst

New GCN issued: GCN #33296 (C. Casentini et al.).

Feb 05, 2023GRB 230204B: AGILE detection

New GCN issued: GCN #33272 (C. Casentini et al.).