GRANAT observatory home page

GRANAT is the Russian x-ray sattelite launched to the high apogee orbit (200,000 km) and operated almost for 10 years (1989 -1999) , carrying out four major instruments: French SIGMA coded-mask hard x-ray telescope (30-1000 keV), Soviet ART-P coded-mask telescope (2??-60?? keV), all-sky monitor WATCH (6-150 keV), and a gamma-burst detector PHEBUS.

  • Navigational support of Granat mission (orbit evolution, etc.)

    Over the 4 years of pointed observations, GRANAT has observed many galactic and extra-galactic x-ray sources with the emphasis of deep imaging and spectroscopy of the Galactic center region, broad-band observations of black-hole candidates and X-ray Novae.

    Since September 1994, GRANAT is in the survey mode. SIGMA will carry out the sensitive all-sky survey in the 40-200 keV energy band.

    Explore pages devoted to individual GRANAT instruments (including main scientific results):

  • SIGMA (GC images, spectra and time variability of black hole candidates)