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Very little magnetism in this odd couple
The new observations of IGR J17544-2619 obtained by the NASA satellite NuSTAR have shed light onto some of the most obscure properties and behaviours of SFXTs. The unprecedented accuracy of these measurements has allowed the team led by Varun Bhalerao at the Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India), with the participation of INAF researchers Patrizia Romano and Lorenzo Natalucci, to see a cyclotron line in the X-ray spectrum of this source, the unambiguous signature of the interaction between the stellar matter and the magnetic field of the compact object that is attracting it.
4th "Paolo Farinella" Prize 2014
To honor the memory and the outstanding figure of Paolo Farinella (1953–2000), an extraordinary scientist and person, a prize has been established in recognition of significant contributions given in the fields of interest of Paolo, which span from planetary sciences to space geodesy, fundamental physics, science popularization, security in space, weapons control and disarmament.
First COSPAR Symposium - Abstract submission deadline extended
The First COSPAR Symposium will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract deadline has been extended to 30 June 2013.
20 vacancies for SKA
The SKA office is advertising a number of vacancies
The third issue of the Paolo Farinella Prize
The third issue of the Paolo Farinella Prize is devoted to planetary science and specifically for studies on the collisional processes in the Solar System, which was one of the major research interest in Paolo’s career. The award ceremony will be hosted by the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) meeting in London, UK (8th to 13th of September 2013)."
Job for Ska office: Project scientist(s)
The SKA Office is advertising for the position of Project Scientist, which can be found here http://www.skatelescope.org/people-contacts/jobs/ and in the AAS register.
Joint Call for Proposals, 2013B
To the Astronomical Communities of Italy and the Nordic Countries Joint Call for Proposals, 2013B
CALL FOR PROPOSAL TNG & REM
CALL FOR PROPOSAL TNG & REM also featuring HAN-GTO, PAOLO and first NOTTIME AOT 28 (2013B) is now open for proposals Applications for observing time for the period September 1st, 2013 - February 28th, 2014 are solicited and should be submitted by Friday 3rd May, 2013, 13:00 UT
ITP 2013-2014 Call for Proposal is open
ITP 2013-2014 Call for Proposal is open. Deadline 28-FEB-2013 TEXT The 2013-2014 ITP call full text is found at: http://www.iac.es/adjuntos/cci/AO_ITP-2013_final.pdf.
The OPTICON Trans-National Access 2013B Call for Proposals
The OPTICON Trans-National Access 2013B Call for Proposals is now open, with TNG important news
A SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR FOR SKY
Opened the call for a Scientist Director of the Square LKilometer Array Organization
AstroFIt “ASTRONOMY FELLOWSHIPS IN ITALY”: 2nd Call
INAF announces the opening of the second Call of the AstroFIt Programme. To be eligible, researchers must be holders of a doctorate or have at least 4 years of research experience. Applicants with more than 8 years of post-PhD research or a total of 12 years of research experience are not eligible to participate.
NASA's NuSTAR celebrates first 100 days
September 21 2012 marks 100 days since NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, called NuSTAR, launched into space from the L-1011 "Stargazer" aircraft.
Hydrogen on Vesta hints at water
The giant asteroid Vesta is surprisingly rich in one watery ingredient, hydrogen.
Ultra-distant galaxy: MACS1149-JD1
NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have spotted the most distant galaxy ever seen and studied by astronomers.
Dawn's greatest hits
A NASA video lists the main scientific activities of the mission, as it leaves the orbit of VESTA and heads towards Ceres.
Surprises from Kepler's supernova
The supernova observed for the first time in 1604 by Kepler was not only more powerful, but might have also occurred at a greater distance, than previously thought.
A Celestial Witch’s Broom?
The Pencil Nebula is pictured in a new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. This peculiar cloud of glowing gas is part of a huge ring of wreckage left over after a supernova explosion that took place about 11 000 years ago.
Online new calls for next round of the Seventh Framework Programme (2012-2013)
The new calls for next round of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) are now online. Launched in 2007, FP7 has a total budget of EUR 55 billion for research and innovation. On the 10th of July 2012 the largest set of calls for proposals ever under the FP7 was launched, worth a total of EUR 8.1 billion.
Online the results of the AstroFIt 1st Call for Proposals
The ranking lists of the AstroFIt 1st Call are now online on the Programme website. AstroFIt, cofunded by INAF and FP7 People Programme, offers 7 grants to talented researchers from outside Italy. The projects will be carried out at INAF structures for a period of two years.

We’re all astronauts on a public health mission: Ten tips for completing the quarantine successfully

Mar 27, 2020

We’re all astronauts on a public health mission: Ten tips for completing the quarantine successfully Debora Penco, Occupational psychologist, workplace health and safety expert, deals with the theme of our life in the times of quarantine and others ideas and suggestions to manage problems and tensions connected to it.

Where's there's one, there's one hundred more

Mar 06, 2020

Where's there's one, there's one hundred more PSO J030947.49+271757.31 is the most distant Blazar observed to date. The light we see from it began its journey when the Universe was less than 1 billion years old, almost 13 billion years ago. The blazar was discovered by a team of researchers led by Silvia Belladitta, a PhD student at the University of Insubria, working for the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Milan

The New Year’s Day meteorite has been found

Jan 07, 2020

The New Year’s Day meteorite has been found For the first time in Italy a meteorite is recovered through systematic monitoring, thanks to the PRISMA network, promoted and coordinated by INAF