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Trap G.,SAP | Trap G.,CNRS Astroparticle and Cosmology Lab | Goldwurm A.,SAP | Goldwurm A.,CNRS Astroparticle and Cosmology Lab | And 15 more authors.
Advances in Space Research | Year: 2010

Sagittarius A{black star} (Sgr A{black star}) is the supermassive black hole residing at the center of the Milky Way. It has been the main target of an extensive multiwavelength campaign we carried out in April 2007. Herein, we report the detection of a bright flare from the vicinity of the horizon, observed simultaneously in X-rays (XMM-Newton/EPIC) and near infrared (VLT/NACO) on April 4 th for 1-2 h. For the first time, such an event also benefitted from a soft γ-rays (INTEGRAL/ISGRI) and mid infrared (VLT/VISIR) coverage, which enabled us to derive upper limits at both ends of the flare spectral energy distribution (SED). We discuss the physical implications of the contemporaneous light curves as well as the SED, in terms of synchrotron, synchrotron self-Compton and external Compton emission processes. © 2009 COSPAR.

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