About 19.3% of the 4001 exoplanets confirmed to date were discovered with the technique of the radial velocity (from https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/). This method consists in using time series of spectroscopic observations in order to measure the periodic oscillations of the position of stars due to the presence of orbiting exoplanets. In fact, in a planetary system both the planets and the» Read more
Palermo Astronomical Observatory “Giuseppe S. Vaiana” is one of the research centres of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). It works together with Palermo University through the Department of Physics and Chemistry.
OAPa’s main characteristic is its specific vocation in the field of space astrophysics. The network of activities also involves several frontier research fields both at the national and international level.
Jets launched during supernova explosions. The study: “X-ray emitting structures in the Vela SNR: ejecta anisotropies and progenitor stellar wind residuals” of V. Sapienza (UNIPA/OAPA) recently appeared on A&A
Supernova remnants are clouds in rapid expansion formed by supernova explosions. Typically, these remnants are very inhomogeneous. These inhomogeneity is the result of the interaction between the expanding remnant and the surrounding material, and, in particular when they are generated by core-collapse supernova explosions (which are the supernova triggered by the gravitational collapse of the cores of massive stars), also to anisotropies formed» Read more
The interaction between expanding SNR and surrounding clouds. The study: “Modeling the mixed-morphology supernova remnant IC 443. Origin of its complex morphology and X-ray emission” of S. Ustamujic (INAF-OAPA) accepted on A&A
Supernova remnants are clouds in rapid expansion produced by supernova explosions. They are often characterized by a complex morphology, resulting from the interaction between the expanding remnants and surrounding clouds. Supernova remnants also emit radiation on a wide band of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is due to the variety of phenomena occurring in these objects, and because of the different» Read more