Bright flares in DS Tuc A may rise the evaporation rate of the atmpshere of nearby planets

Flares are among the most energetic magnetic phenomena occuring in stars. They are triggered by a sudden release of energy previously stored in the stellar magnetic field, and then they culminate with the formation of magnetic loops in the stellar coronae filled by X-ray and UV emitting plasma at million degrees. Sometimes, these magnetic structures erupt, releasing in the surrounding

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The shocks in Cas A reveal important information on the supernova explosion and the progenitor

Supernova remnants (expanding clouds produced by the explosion of massive stars) are fascinating objects. Their study, in fact, can unveil the physical processes working during supernova explosions and even the properties of the stellar progenitors. To these aims, of particular importance is the analysis of the physical and chemical properties of the ejecta (which are the fragments of the dying

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The filters for X-IFU and WFI of ATHENA developed in the labs of our Observatory

X-ray astronomy explores the high-energy Universe. X-rays are, in fact, high energy photons emitted by very hot gas (with temperature of some milion degrees) or by processes involving relativistic particles. Some astronomical sources of X-rays radiation are: accreting black holes, such as the supermassive black holes at the center of active galaxies, stellar coronae, supernova remnants, and clusters of galaxies.

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Compiled a catalog of the pre-main sequence stars within 4500 light years from the Sun from Gaia/EDR3 data

After their formation, during the first few million of years (how many? it depends on the mass: the larger the stellar mass the faster is their evolution) stars continue to contract under their the action of their own gravity, rising their temperature and density. During this phase, their nuclei have not started yet the thermonuclear reactions that will power the

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From TESS light curves, a new method to study stellar activity applied to stars with planets

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

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Are the planets of V1298 Tau evaporating?

The search for young exoplanets is crucial to our understanding of the planetary formation process and the early evolution of planets. The disc of gas and dust from which planets form, in fact, typically disperse in a few million of years. Before that, the young planets interact with all the material orbiting around the star within the disk, triggering important

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