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The first MAGIC paper of 2017 has been accepted for publication on Astronomy&Astrophysics!That's a great start for the new year. The paper presents an impressive collection of simultaneous multi wavelength data on the BL Lac object Markarian 501 from several instruments in 2009. The variability of the source has been studied together with the interband correlations, and the gamma-ray flaring activity was carefully analysed: the resulting broadband spectral energy distribution has been modelled with two different SSC (synchrotron self-Compton) scenarios. Even if the data were taken over a time interval of 4.5 months, their complexity requested a deep investigation, not only for the many instruments involved, but also because the flaring activity was characterized by two different flares, each of them showing a different behaviour of the involved energy bands and then requiring a different study of the emission mechanism.
You can read the paper from the link below:

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1612.09472v1.pdf

First Astronomer's Telegram of the year for MAGIC
http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=9929

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There is a supermassive black hole in the centre of our galaxy, known as Sgr A*. Two years ago, astronomers were holding the breath as it was expected that our usually quiet Sgr A* would feed; a putative gas cloud known as G2 was supposed to pass very close to Sgr A*. Also MAGIC was following very closely and now the results of our observations are out. Our MAGICians Christian Fruck, Ievgen Vovk and John Ward worked a lot on the study of the galactic center analysing and interpreting the data coming from a long campaign of 4 years of observations. This allowed them to scan the galactic center region in the energy range of MAGIC telescopes, obtaining a precise and detailed map of the emission of gamma-rays from the heart of the Milky way, visible in the picture. Discover the details of the work on the ArXiv!
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.07095v1.pdf
Enjoy the reading!
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The research magazine "Helmholtz Perspektiven" has just published a new issue using as cover a picture of MAGIC 2 telescope taken by our MAGICian Alessandro Carosi . In that beautiful image, the moon and Venus are aligned behind MAGIC 2 mirrors. You can access the online magazine here: https://www.helmholtz.de/…/epaper-Helmholtz_Pers…/index.html

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This week was very busy for MAGICians: two important conferences have been held simultaneously and both of them saw many researchers from our collaboration participating with talks and posters and enjoying sharing their latest results with the community.
The two events were the International Astronomical Union Symposium "New frontiers in Black holes Astrophysics", held in Ljubljana in Slovenia, and the TeV Particle Astrophysics Conference 2016, at the the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. The topics covered by MAGICians were many: Active galactic nuclei, and new sources discovered in the Very High Energy (the energy range in which the MAGIC telescopes are working); Gamma ray Bursts, to show our program of observations of those impressive events very difficult to detect due to their short lifetime; the Gravitational Waves follow-ups we are performing together with other instruments; investigations of pulsars and binary systems and last but not least neutrinos follow-ups with the MAGIC telescopes. Good job MAGICians!
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Last night, the 10th of September, as every year, we remembered our colleague Florian Goebel, to whom MAGIC telescopes are dedicated. We like to think he would be happy to see how many students and researchers are learning about the universe using the MAGIC telescopes.
https://magic.mpp.mpg.de/newcomers/magic-team/florian-goebel/
Images Credits : Matthias Bergmann
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MAGIC calendar 2017 will soon be released.
Do you have beautiful pictures of the MAGIC telescopes you would like to send us? Yours could be one of the lucky winners and be part of the awesome MAGIC calendar 2017!
Please make your masterpieces available in high resolution, for instance on a dropbox or google drive link and send that to the MAGIC outreach group( magic_outreach@mpp.mpg.de ) , together with a small description and the credits before the 20th of September.
Your picture could be one of the lucky winners to be part of the MAGIC calendar 2017!
#MAGICcalendar
Image credit: Simone Bonnefoy
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So, lets have a bit closer look at these neutrino alerts that MAGIC has been following. It has now been established that some neutrinos have astrophysical origin (meaning they are produced outside our solar system) and those are the ones that we are trying to follow. Because they just might have a common origin with gamma rays MAGIC is detecting. This is called multi-messenger approach. IceCube Neutrino Observatory at Antarctica has a very sophisticated alert system to tell the community when they see a high-energy neutrino within their huge icy detector volume and even the direction it came from. So, we point MAGIC to that direction and then we tell what we see...up to now we have not seen any gamma-ray sources in these positions, but we will keep on trying, so keep on following us. #MAGICneutrinos
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Picture from MAGIC Allsky camera. First we were super excited that we had caught a jumper in a wing suit so close up. But we realized that he should already have his parachute open so close to the ground. And then we noticed the six little legs.
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The Very High Energy sky is brighter today: a new blazar has been discovered above 100GeV by the MAGIC telescopes!The brand new target is named PKS 1749+096, a.k.a. OT 081 and is located at a redshift of z=0.322. Triggered by other instruments as Fermi-LAT in High Energy gamma-rays, Swift in UV and X-rays and other telescopes in the optical band (among them also our colleagues of the KVA telescope in La Palma), the MAGIC observations lead to a very clear signal of 9 sigma of significance in dark time in only 1.64 hours. An Astronomer's telegram has been released: we will keep monitoring this new entry in the MAGIC Active Galactic Nuclei list!
http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=9267
To celebrate the event, a new picture of MAGIC 2 from MAGICian Chiara Righi
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