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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

Happy Birthday INTEGRAL!
(October 17, 2015)

INTEGRAL TOO observations of the accreting ms pulsar IGR J00291+5934
(July 27, 2015)

INTEGRAL TOO observations of a bright BeXRB transient: V0332+53
(July 9, July 24, July 27, & October 5, 2015)

Astronomers use cosmic gravity to create a 'black-hole-scope'
(July 6, 2015)

INTEGRAL TOO observations of another black-hole binary transient: GS 1354-645
(July 2 & July 23, 2015)

INTEGRAL TOO observations of the black-hole binary X-ray transient V404 Cyg (GS 2023+338)
(June 17 & June 23, 2015)

Test of the Low-Speed Region for the INTEGRAL Reaction Wheels
(May 28, 2015)

INTEGRAL TOO observations of the magnetar SGR 1935+2154
(April 15, 2015)

INTEGRAL TOO observations of SAX J1748.8-2021 in NGC 6440
(February 20, 2015)

Happy Birthday INTEGRAL
(October 17, 2014)

Integral in orbit

Latest News
INTEGRAL AO-13 General Program Approved (13 Jul 2015)
The INTEGRAL AO-13 General Program, as recommended by the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) and approved by ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration (Prof. Alvaro Gimenez), has been released and the observers have been informed.
  • INTEGRAL 2015: The New High Energy Sky after a Decade of Discoveries (02 Jun 2015)
    The INTEGRAL 2015 workshop will be held 5-9 October 2015 in Rome. It will focus on providing an up-to-date view of the high-energy sky.
  • Proceedings of the 10th INTEGRAL Workshop Available Online (26 Mar 2015)
    The Proceedings of the 10th INTEGRAL Workshop: A Synergistic View of the High-Energy Sky held 15-19 September 2014 in Annapolis, MD is now available online via Proceedings of Science.
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    INTEGRAL Public Data Archive Status
  • The HEASARC mirror to the INTEGRAL Public Data Archive now contains data through the October 25, 2015 public data release (revolution 1458). It also contains public data from recent ToO observations of V404 Cyg during revolutions 1554-1563.

  • The next scheduled public data release is November 10, 2015.

    ISDC Public Data Release Schedule.

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