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An Italian satellite for high-energy astrophysics, launched in 2007 April to observe at energies of 30 MeV–50 GeV and 10–40 keV; the name is an acronym of Astro-rivelatore Gamma a Immagini LEggero. AGILE carries three main instruments: a Gamma-Ray Imaging Detector (GRID) with an exceptionally large field of view, covering the energy range 30 MeV–50 GeV across one-fifth of the entire sky simultaneously; a hard X-ray coded-mask imaging detector, Super-AGILE, observing at 10–40 keV; and a caesium iodide Mini-Calorimeter (MC), a non-imaging detector for the 0.25–200 MeV range, providing spectral and timing information of transient events. The satellite's targets include gamma-ray bursts, AGNs, solar flares, and pulsars.

http://agile.rm.iasf.cnr.it/ Official mission website.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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