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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

Transient IGR J17591-2342 is a new accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar
(September 14, 2018)

Donor star breathes life into zombie companion
(March 6, 2018)

Happy birthday - INTEGRAL celebrates 15 successful years in orbit
(October 17, 2017)

INTEGRAL sees blast travelling with gravitational waves
(October 16, 2017)

Integral in orbit

Latest INTEGRAL News

  • INTEGRAL AO-17 Call For Observing Proposals is Open (25 Feb 2019)
    This announcement solicits proposals for observations to be carried out from January 2020 for a period of 12 months. Proposers from all over the world are welcome to participate. All proposals will be subject to an independent peer review by the INTEGRAL Time Allocation Committee (TAC). The deadline for proposal submission is Friday 5 April 2019, 14:00 CEST.
  • INTEGRAL AO-17 Schedule Announced (29 Jan 2019)
    The ISOC is preparing the next call for proposals requesting INTEGRAL observing time. The AO-17 release will be on 25 Feb 2019 with proposals due on 5 April 2019 (14:00 CEST).
  • OSA 11.0 Release (24 Oct 2018)
    The INTEGRAL Science Data Centre (ISDC), the INTEGRAL instrument teams, and the INTEGRAL Science Operations Centre (ISOC) have announced the release of the Offline Software Analysis (OSA) version 11.0 . Several major improvements have been made in this new release. It is important to note that OSA 11.0 for IBIS is currently limited to data starting from 2015-12-26 (start of revolution 1626). For earlier data, the user should use OSA 10.2 with the limitations described in the user manual.
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    INTEGRAL Public Data Archive Status
  • The HEASARC mirror to the INTEGRAL Public Data Archive now contains data through the May 10, 2019 (Rev 1941) plus all data wheret the PI has allowed the data to be made public earlier than the 1 year proprietary period.

  • The next scheduled public data release is May 25, 2019.

    ISDC Public Data Release Schedule.

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