“AGILE: from Black Holes to the Earth”
AGILE is a satellite of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) dedicated to unveiling the most exciting mysteries of our Universe. Black holes, neutron stars, stellar explosions, very far galaxies from deep space and other exotic cosmic sources emit very energetic radiation (gamma-rays) that AGILE is able to detect in orbit.
Launched in 2007, the satellite is currently observing the Universe with many surprises and crucial discoveries. AGILE contributes also to the study of the Earth having detected hundreds of “terrestrial gamma-ray flashes” associated with lighnting in energetic thunderstorms. Their impact for the environment is under study. Thus, AGILE reaches the frontiers of our knowledge for both the remote cosmos and our planet Earth, a very important synergy for our society.
The AGILE project is the result of the collaboration between ASI, the Italian Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), and the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN).
Several Italian universities participate in the program (Rome-1, Rome-2, Trieste, Pavia), as well as space companies including CGS, Oerlikon-Contraves, Thales-Alenia Space (ex Laben), Galileo Avionica, and Mipot.
This is the official web site of the AGILE Science App. This web site contains the same content of the App (and more) and it is also available in the mobile version (use your smartphone and try it).
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