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MAGIC detects an unprecedented activity from the blazar 1ES 1218+304 at very high energy gamma rays


(MAGIC Collaboration) Mirzoyan, Razmik; ...; Babić, Ana; ...; Bošnjak, Željka; ...; Cikota, Stefan; ...; Dominis Prester, Dijana; ... et al.
MAGIC detects an unprecedented activity from the blazar 1ES 1218+304 at very high energy gamma rays, 2019. (otkriće).


Naslov
MAGIC detects an unprecedented activity from the blazar 1ES 1218+304 at very high energy gamma rays

Autori
Mirzoyan, Razmik ; ... ; Babić, Ana ; ... ; Bošnjak, Željka ; ... ; Cikota, Stefan ; ... ; Dominis Prester, Dijana ; ... ; Godinović, Nikola ; ... ; Hrupec, Dario ; ... ; Lelas, Damir ; ... ; Manganaro, Marina ; ... ; Mićanović, Saša ; ... ; Pavletić, Lovro ; ... ; Puljak, Ivica ; ... ; Surić, Tihomir ; ... ; Šnidarić, Iva ; ... ; Terzić, Tomislav ; ... Zarić, Darko ; ... ; (the MAGIC Collaboration)

Kolaboracija
MAGIC Collaboration

Izvornik
The Astronomer's Telegram, #12354

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Godina
2019

Ključne riječi
Gamma Ray ; >GeV ; TeV ; VHE ; AGN ; Blazar

Sažetak
The MAGIC telescopes have observed an unprecedented level of very-high-energy (VHE ; >100 GeV) gamma-ray flux from 1ES 1218+304 (12h21m21.941s, +30d10m37.11s, J2000.0). The preliminary analysis of the data from 2018/12/31 to 2019/01/02 indicates a VHE gamma-ray flux reaching the level of ~25 % of the flux from the Crab nebula above 100 GeV. Compared to the quiescent state reported by VERITAS, this implies an increase by a factor of ~4. The previous record of VHE gamma-ray flux of this source was ~20% of the flux from the Crab nebula above 100 GeV. It was measured by VERITAS on the night of 30 January 2009 (2010ApJ, 709L, 163A). 1ES 1218+304 is a high-synchrotron-peaked BL Lac object located at redshift z=0.182. It was first recognized as a VHE gamma-ray emitter by the MAGIC Collaboration in 2005 (Albert, J., 2006, ApJ, 642L, 119A). The MAGIC observations were triggered by the flaring activity in the optical R-band, measured by the KVA telescope from 2018/12/24 to 2019/01/02. The KVA data showed a flux of 2.35+/-0.05 mJy on 2019/01/02, which is the highest optical flux measurement from this source in a time span of 15 years (http://users.utu.fi/kani/1m/1ES_1218+304_jy.html). MAGIC observations on 1ES 1218+304 will continue during the next weeks and multiwavelength observations are encouraged. The MAGIC contact persons for these observations are R. Mirzoyan (Razmik.Mirzoyan@mpp.mpg.de), V. Fallah Ramazani (vafara@utu.fi) and M. Cerruti (matteo.cerruti@icc.ub.edu). MAGIC is a system of two 17m-diameter Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes located at the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, and designed to perform gamma-ray astronomy in the energy range from 50 GeV to greater than 50 TeV.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Fizika



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Projekt / tema
HRZZ-IP-06-2016-9782

Ustanove
Fakultet elektrotehnike, strojarstva i brodogradnje, Split,
Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva, Zagreb,
Institut "Ruđer Bošković", Zagreb,
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