VITO SGUERA      's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing 
it all at once, and it's too
much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst...and then I
remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and
then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel
anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life...
You have no idea what I'm talking
about, I'm sure... but don't worry... you will someday

(taken from American Beauty, 1999)
....a qualche cosa devi pur rinunciare in nome di tutta la liberta' che ti abbiamo fatto avere, percio' adesso non recriminare, mettiti in fila e torna a lavorare. E se proprio non trovi niente da fare, non fare la vittima se ti devi sacrificare, perche' in nome del progresso e della nazione  in fondo in fondo puoi sempre emigrare!   (Edo Bennato,  in fila per tre,  1974)

e' facile tornare con le tante stanche pecore bianche. Scusate, non mi lego a questa schiera: morro' pecora nera! 
(F. Guccini, canzone di notte N.2, 1976)




  ...Ho visto Maradona

Estate 1982: non era calcio, era la vita



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Since June 2011, I am a researcher staff at the Osservatorio di Astrofisica e Scienza dello Spazio (OAS)  in Bologna. OAS is part of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). 

On May 2007 I successfully completed my PhD as part of the INTEGRAL survey team in the astronomy group at the University of Southampton (UK).  Thesis: Fast transient sources observed with INTEGRAL

From  Oct 1994 to Oct 2003 I studied for my degree in Astronomy at the University of Bologna  
: identification of EGRET gamma-ray sources with BeppoSAX (italian version)


   On May 2010  I have been awarded the Zeldovich
Medal from the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) for my   studies on Supergiant Fast X-ray Transients          

Citation for award
The 2010 Zeldovich Medal from COSPAR Scientific
Commission E is awarded to Vito Sguera   "for his research on the new
class of soft gamma-ray sources, Supergiant Fast X-Ray Transients,
seminal importance for high energy astrophysical studies"

As of November 2020:

-  76 refereed publications
  (21 as first author, ~ 28%)
78 non
refereed publications  (20 as first author, ~ 26%)
2302 citations  (632 as first author,  ~ 28%)  
m-index =1.4

Research interests    

My research is in the field of X-ray/gamma-ray astronomy, specifically it is  mainly focussed on studying the so-called Supergiant Fast X-ray Transients (SFXTs) which are a new class of High Mass X-ray Binaries (HMXBs) recently discovered by the ESA  INTEGRAL  satellite


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