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The 2018 NEON Observing school is taking place in Asiago Observatory in Northern Italy, from September 9 to September 22, 2018. Part of the School program was to learn about MAGIC telescopes and MAGIC observations, with MAGICIans Elisa Prandini and Luca Foffano. The students learned a lot about our Cherenkov detection technique and by remote connection they followed the observations alive from the MAGIC Counting House!The observing crew was very happy to show them the operations and to answer their questions. It was great fun !
Attached a short video in connection with the Counting House, in which the showers detected by MAGIC I and MAGIC II are visible in real time through the main interface of the data taking.
https://opticon-schools.nbi.ku.dk/observing-schools/neon-observing-school-2018/
2019 NEON Observing School will take place in September 2019 in the Rozhen Observatory, Bulgaria. The more detailed announcement will follow in early 2019.
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MAGIC calendar 2019 will soon be released!
Do you have beautiful pictures of the MAGIC telescopes you would like to send us?Yours could be the lucky winner and be the star of the awesome MAGIC calendar 2019!Moreover the winner photographer will receive a copy of the extended MAGIC calendar (the special version we prepare for the MAGIC Counting House)! Please send us in private your masterpieces in High Resolution together with a short description and the credits, before the 1st of October!
Image Credit: Simone Bonnefoy
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MAGIC-I is dancing under the attentive look of the “Seven Sisters", the Pleiades, which is a beautiful open star cluster located in the constellation of Taurus. They have been known since ancient times by different civilizations as the Persians, the Maya, the Aztecas… Historically, the first depiction of the Pleiades happened during the bronze age, at 1600 BC.
Credit: Chiara Righi
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A new MAGIC paper has been accepted in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Journal! The paper focuses on a very mysterious object, FRB 121102, which is so far the only source known to repeatedly emit fast radio bursts (FRBs). FRBS are bright millisecond-duration flashes observed typically at GHz frequencies of extragalactic origin. In the case of FRB 121102, these FRBs have been associated with an extreme environment with exceptionally strong magnetic fields. Their nature remains intriguing, motivating searches for counterparts at other wavelengths. Even though MAGIC generally operates by detecting the optical flashes produced by very-high-energy gamma rays, its large aperture (17 m diameter) also make it a suitable fast optical telescope using the specialized "central pixel" installed in one of MAGIC cameras. The authors conducted simultaneous observations of FRB 121102 with the The Arecibo Observatory and the MAGIC telescopes in 2017. 5 FRBs were detected by the Arecibo Observatory, and MAGIC puts the strongest available constrains to the simultaneous emission of FRBs both in the optical and VHE regimes. Learn more from the full paper, now available on the ArXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1809.00663v1
In the picture, an intriguing bright optical pulse was detected 4 seconds before one of the brightest FRBs, but unfortunately its low statistical significance (2.2 sigmas) makes it seems to be a background event.
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A new MAGIC paper got accepted on the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal! This project was based on the search for a possible low state of Very High Energy gamma-ray emission from the Flat Spectrum Radio Quasar (FSRQ) named PKS 1510-089. 75 hrs of MAGIC data have been collected on 76 individual nights, resulting in a significant detection of the low state: this makes PKS 1510-089 the first FSRQ to be detected in a persistent low state with no hints of yearly variations in the observed flux. Future observations with the Cherenkov Telescope Array should be able to probe if the low-state flux is also stable on shorter time scales. In the picture, the Spectral Energy Distributions (the footprints of this source in technical jargon), described with two different kind of modeling (two different pair of shoes we could say!) performed by the authors. To know more, read the full text article on the ArXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.05367

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Today we remember our colleague Florian Goebel, to whom MAGIC telescopes are dedicated. As every year, under the sky of the Roque de los Muchachos, a memorial will be held. We miss him
https://magic.mpp.mpg.de/newcomers/magic-team/florian-goebel/
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Florian Goebel | MAGIC
Florian Goebel | MAGIC
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This week the RICAP (Roma International Conference on AstroParticle Physics) is being held at the University of Roma 3 in Italy. Many researchers are there to discuss some of the most relevant theoretical and experimental results in the field of high-energy cosmic rays. Special attention is given to the multi-messenger search for high-energy cosmic rays sources, including gravitational wave searches. MAGICians Ruben Lopez and Marina Manganaro were invited to talk about MAGIC highlights and future prospects and about the latest results of MAGIC on tau neutrinos analysis!
Greetings from Rome!
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The 2018 TeV Particle Astrophysics conference (TeVPA 2018) is being held during this week in Berlin (Germany). MAGICians are there to discuss with the Astroparticle physics community the latest MAGIC results. (We have also stolen a member of VERITAS​ Collaboration shhhhh!)
Credit: random participant passing by (thank you!)
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a new MAGIC paper has been accepted for publication in the journal Physics of the Dark Universe! The work is dedicated to the search of dark matter in the Perseus Galaxy Cluster with MAGIC:
Clusters of galaxies are the largest known gravitationally bound structures in the Universe, and most of their masses comes in the form of dark matter. The study, conducted on almost 400 hours of data taken with a special technique in order to take into account the cluster morphology (many bright sources were present in the field of view) concludes that dark matter particles have a decay lifetime longer than ∼10^26s in all considered channels. This result improves previous lower limits found by MAGIC and represent the strongest set of limits on decaying dark matter particles from ground-based gamma-ray instruments.
Find the full paper on ArXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.11063v3
In the picture, a composite view of NGC 1275 and the center of the Perseus Cluster (VLA-Radio, Chandra-X-ray, Hubble-Visible, SDSS-Infrared).
Credit: Marie-Lou Gendron-Marsolais (Université de Montréal), Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo (Université de Montréal), Maxime Pivin Lapointe - Own work CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64802377 #theMAGICtelescopes #theMAGICcollaboration #MAGICpaper
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The telescopes at observatorio Roque de Los Muchachos (ORM) are feeling pretty…
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Credit: Alicia López Oramas
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