The study of the most powerful phenomena in the Universe

The key factor in the development of astrophysics in the last decades was the possibility to broaden the observable band to the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which was previously confined to visible radiation, and detect all the high energy particles coming from celestial objects. This became possible only when we were able to carry telescopes and detectors out of the absorbing screen of the atmosphere. High energy astrophysics, in X and gamma bands, is therefore a relatively young science, born with the conquer of space, and Italians can be regarded among the fathers of this branch of modern astronomy: Bruno Rossi in the United States and Giuseppe Occhialini, known as “Beppo”, in Europe were actually the first to develop observation techniques and experiment in this field.

‣ All the missions

CALET

CALET ‣

CALET is an observatory operating on the International Space Station, specialized in measuring cosmic electrons

IXPE

IXPE ‣

L’Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer is a mission under development, which is part of the NASA SMEX space programme, whose principal investigator is Dr. Martin Weisskopf from the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama, United States.

INTEGRAL

INTEGRAL ‣

INTEGRAL is a European mission in partnership with Russia and United States, aimed at observing one of the most energetic radiations in the Universe from space

FERMI

FERMI ‣

FERMI is a large-area space telescope to detect gamma-rays

SWIFT

SWIFT ‣

SWIFT is MIDEX-NASA class mission, targeted at high-energy astrophysics and designed in cooperation with Italy and United Kingdom.

XMM-NEWTON

XMM-NEWTON ‣

The X-ray Multi-Mirror mission, renamed XMM-Newton in honour of the British physicist, is the most important European contribution to astronomy in the X-ray band.

AGILE

AGILE ‣

AGILE (Light Imager for Gamma-ray Astrophysics) is an Italian mission targeted at studying the high-energy Universe

AMS-02

AMS-02 ‣

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a particle detector operating as an International Space Station external module


GAPS

GAPS ‣

GAPS is an experiment carried out on a stratospheric balloon to study and research the antimatter component in cosmic rays

ATHENA

ATHENA ‣

ATHENA is the second ESA large-class mission, and it will be the large-scale, next-generation X-ray astrophysics observatory, with expected launch in 2030

EUSO-SPB2

EUSO-SPB2 ‣

EUSO-SPB2 è un esperimento condotto su pallone stratosferico per la misura di neutrini e raggi cosmici di altissime energie dallo spazio

BEPPOSAX

BEPPOSAX ‣

An Italian satellite, pioneer in the study of X sources

‣ News

WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2024

Ready, set, go! Euclid begins its dark Universe survey ‣

ASI - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

Today, ESA’s space telescope Euclid begins its survey of the dark Universe. Over the next six years, Euclid will observe billions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic history. Learn how the team prepared Euclid in the months after launch for this gigantic cosmic quest. 

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FRIDAY 09 FEBRUARY 2024

COSMO-SkyMed images to monitor volcanic activities in Hawaii ‣

An important outcome of the interferometric COSMO-SkyMed data processing MORE...

THURSDAY 25 JANUARY 2024

LIMADOU COLLABORATION HITS ANOTHER TARGET ‣

Italian-made HEPD-02 and EFD-02 detectors have reached China MORE...

FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER 2023

PRISMA and volcano observations ‣

The Ebeko volcano MORE...

FRIDAY 01 DECEMBER 2023

ASI – Italian Space Agency upgrades access to MapItaly data ‣

Downloading of COSMO-SkyMed constellation images has never been so easy MORE...