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Prof. Nichi D'Amico, President of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics passed away at 67
Fermionic dark matter in our Galactic core?
Olivier Le Fevre - in memoriam
On June 25, the astronomer Olivier Le Fevre passed away
Magnetic tornadoes in the Sun’s atmosphere
A team of researchers led by Mariarita Murabito (INAF) that includes scientists of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Warwick University has provided the first observational proof that solar tornadoes are produced by swirling magnetic fields
Ultraviolet light vs. COVID19: from the Sun to artificial lamps the germicidal power of ultraviolet rays against the pandemic
Results of a study carried out by the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and the University of Milan, in collaboration with Istituto Nazionale Tumori and the Don Gnocchi Foundation of Milan, demonstrate the high germicidal power of short ultraviolet radiation (UV-C) on SARS-COV-2 coronavirus. This result has important public health implications on the strategies to be adopted to manage the pandemic and clearly explain how decontamination and sterilization protocols to prevent SARS-Cov-2 infection must be designed. Notably, taking off from these results a second study explains the role of Sun-derived UV-B/A in conditioning the epidemiology and the worldwide evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic
III Italy-Ukraine Scientific Meeting “Are We Alone in the Universe?”
A Virtual Conference on the Occasion of the Italian Research Day in the World
Roberto Peccei, 1942-2020
On June, the first, professor Roberto Peccei passed away
A farewell to BepiColombo after the flyby with the Earth
The picture was taken by Liverpool Telescope on the Canary Island of La Palma when the spacecraft was more than 2 million kilometres far from our planet
Unexpected magnetic channels in a distant galaxy
An international team of astronomers has uncovered unusual structures and a probable magnetic connection between the two lobes of the radio galaxy ESO 137-006 using the MeerKAT telescope, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The study, led by Mpati Ramatsoku, was published in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal
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
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
For the first time in Italy a meteorite is recovered through systematic monitoring, thanks to the PRISMA network, promoted and coordinated by INAF
ASTRI: a new pathfinder of the arrays of Cherenkov telescopes
On June 12nd 2019, in La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) Prof. Nichi D’Amico, President of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), and Prof. Rafael Rebolo Lopez, Director of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canaries, signed a Record of Understanding to enter a detailed negotiation on a technical and programmatic basis aimed to install and operate the ASTRI Mini-Array at the Observatorio del Teide
Giant planets and comets battling in the circumstellar disk around HD 163296
In a study appearing today on The Astrophysical Journal, an INAF-lead team of researchers explored whether the anomalous features in the dust and gas distributions of HD 163296's disk revealed by ALMA's observations could arise from the interaction of the giant planets with a component of the disk previously unaccounted for: the planetesimals
Particle Acceleration and Transport: from the Sun to Extragalactic Sources
12-16 November 2018, Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy
Vesta, tell us about the childhood of the Solar System
Gruber 2018 prize awarded to Nazzareno Mandolesi and Planck telescope team
The general assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Vienna has recently awarded the Gruber Prize 2018 for Cosmology.
INAF reveals details about an elliptical galaxy
New clues about galaxy formation process come from the very detailed images of a group of elliptical galaxies studied by an international team of astronomers led by the National Institute of Astrophysics-INAF.
What is the shape of galaxy clusters?
The 3D shape of galaxy clusters is ellipsoidal, according to a study conducted by an international team of astronomers, recently published in the journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters
First detection of the simplest organic acid in the protoplanetary disk surrounding a Sun-like young star
Using ALMA, an international group of astronomers have reported the first detection of formic acid towards the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disk, located at only 190 light years from our Sun