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INTEGRAL U.S. Guest Observer Facility

The INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory

INTEGRAL, was launched in October 2002 aboard a Russian Proton rocket,  and is providing a new insight into the most violent and exotic objects of the Universe,  such as neutron stars, active galactic nuclei and supernovae. INTEGRAL is also helping us to understand processes such as the formation of new chemical elements and the mysterious gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic phenomena in the Universe. Environments of extreme temperature and density, near the event-horizons of black holes, are a major topic of study with INTEGRAL.

These studies are possible thanks to INTEGRAL's combination of fine spectroscopy and imaging of gamma-ray emissions in the energy range of 15 keV to 10 MeV (using the SPI and IBIS instruments) and concurrent monitoring in the X-ray band (4-35 keV) using JEM-X, and in the optical (500-600 nm) band, using the OMC.

A project of the European Space Agency INTEGRAL, serves an international Guest Observer community. Participation by U.S. astronomers was supported by a Guest Observer Facility (GOF) at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) from the mission start until October 2010. Since then, the mirroring of the European INTEGRAL Public Data Archive into the HEASARC has been continued by the HEASARC.

Picture of the Month

Integral Picture of the Month

INTEGRAL News & Science Results

A gamma-ray burst from a magnetar in a nearby galaxy
(January 15, 2021)

INTEGRAL helps unravel origin of fast radio bursts
(July 28, 2020)

ESA missions team up to map cosmic rays across the solar system
(November 19, 2019)

Scientists get to the bottom of a 'spitting' black hole
(April 29, 2019)

Integral in orbit

Latest INTEGRAL News

  • INTEGRAL Operations Approved Through 2022 (15 Oct 2020)
    ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has confirmed the continued operation of INTEGRAL from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022. The decision was taken during the SPC meeting held October 1, 2020 following a comprehensive review.
  • OSA 11.1 Release (2 Oct 2020)
    The INTEGRAL Science Data Centre (ISDC) has released Offline Software Analysis (OSA) version 11.1 . It is important to note that OSA 11.1 for IBIS/ISGRI is currently limited to data starting from revolution 1626. For earlier data, the user should use OSA 10.2 with the limitations described in the user manual.
  • INTEGRAL AO-18 General Program Approved (8 Jul 2020)
    The INTEGRAL AO-18 General Programme, as recommended by the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) and approved by ESA's Director of Science (Prof. Günther Hasinger), has been released and the observers have been informed.
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    INTEGRAL Public Data Archive Status
  • The HEASARC mirror to the INTEGRAL Public Data Archive now contains data through the February 25, 2021 public data release (Rev 2191) plus all data where the PI has allowed the data to be made public earlier than the 1 year proprietary period.

  • The next scheduled public data release is March 10, 2021.

    ISDC Public Data Release Schedule.

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