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Explosive coronal events and other plasma phenomena

Such studies, correlated as described in the previous paragraphs, are primary aimed at the understanding of the various physical processes that occur within the active regions, and that trigger instability and the eruption of magnetic structures from the solar atmosphere, with consequent release of energy and material into interplanetary space (flares and similar events, eruption of prominences, CMEs). Important information on the initial phases of CME propagation in the outer corona will be acquired in the future, both via the white light and UV coronograph, proposed and designed by an Italian group for the "payload" of the SOLAR ORBITER mission, whose definition phase should begin within the next three years, and with ESA's technological mission ASPIICS.

Light in Astronomy 2017

Nov 14, 2017

Light in Astronomy 2017 Light in Astronomy, organized by INAF in collaboration with the Italian Astronomical Society-SAIt, will be a week (13-19 November) dedicated to satisfying curiosity about the Universe thanks to the opening in Italy of INAF premises, including the astronomical observatories.

Marsis radar reveals that on Mars all that echoes is not ice

Oct 28, 2017

Marsis radar reveals that on Mars all that echoes is not ice The low dielectric constant of the Meridiani Planum deposits is consistent with a thick layer of ice-free, porous, basaltic sand. This study is fundamental to identify techniques that may help find the planet’s areas with accessible water ice.

A 3D step towards sorting out the Gamma-Ray Bursts zoo

Oct 13, 2017

A 3D step towards sorting out the Gamma-Ray Bursts zoo A powerful tool for characterizing and classifying gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) to allow their use as tracers of the expansion history of the universe has recently been presented by an international team of researchers led by Dr. Maria Dainotti