SN1987A, the supernova exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud (at about 170000 light years of distance) on February 23rd 1987, was an iconic event for the study of supernovae and supernova remnants. In fact, it is the only case where it was possible to observe (with telescopes) the explosion and to follow with periodic observations the evolution of the supernova» 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.
Flares and variability in DS Tucanae A e AU Mic. The study: “Short-term variability of DS Tucanae A observed with TESS” of S. Colombo (INAF – OAPA) recently appeared on A&A
Stars are variable sources over timescales which depend on the phenomena triggering this variability. These phenomena are typically produced by the interaction between the stellar magnetic field and its plasma. Typical examples, observed and studied in great details in the Sun, are: flares (sudden release of a large amount of energy by the magnetic field which heats the gas in» Read more
The interaction between star and planet triggers more energetic flares. The study: “X-ray variability of HD 189733 across eight years of XMM-Newton observations” of I. Pillitteri (INAF – OAPA) recently appeared on A&A
The corona is the outermost part of the atmosphere in stars with intermediate and low mass. In this region, which is extended for several stellar radii, the plasma can reach temperatures of several million degrees, emitting mainly X-ray radiation. The coronal temperature varies over a range of several orders of magnitude as a function of several stellar parameters, such as» Read more
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