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ESA's INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory is detecting some of the most energetic radiation that comes from space. It is the most sensitive gamma-ray observatory ever launched. INTEGRAL is an ESA mission in cooperation with Russia and the United States.

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Dead star emits never-before seen mix of radiation
28 July 2020

A global collaboration of telescopes including ESA's INTEGRAL high-energy space observatory has detected a unique mix of radiation bursting from a dead star in our galaxy – something that has never been seen before in this type of star, and may solve a long-standing cosmic mystery.

Scientists get to the bottom of a 'spitting' black hole
29 April 2019Data from ESA's INTEGRAL high-energy observatory have helped shed light on the workings of a mysterious black hole found spitting out 'bullets' of plasma while rotating through space.
Team of telescopes finds X-ray engine inside mysterious supernova
10 January 2019ESA's high-energy space telescopes INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton have helped to find a source of powerful X-rays at the centre of an unprecedentedly bright and rapidly evolving stellar explosion that suddenly appeared in the sky earlier this year.
INTEGRAL joins multi-messenger campaign to study high-energy neutrino source
12 July 2018An international team has found first evidence of a source of high-energy neutrinos: a flaring active galaxy, or blazar. Following a detection by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, ESA's INTEGRAL satellite joined a collaboration of observatories in space and on the ground that kept an eye on the neutrino source, heralding the thrilling future of...
Donor star breathes life into zombie companion
5 March 2018ESA's INTEGRAL space observatory has witnessed a rare event: the moment that winds emitted by a swollen red giant star revived its slow-spinning companion, the core of a dead star, bringing it back to life in a flash of X-rays.
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