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Finally, at Virtual Telescope we observed the dwarf planet (1) Ceres and the asteroid (4) Vesta at their minimum angular distance (10 arcminutes, 1/3 of the angular size of the full Moon disk), sharing the sight with several thousands of people from all around the globe, who joined our live coverage of the conjunction.
Above is a spectacular image, coming from the average of three, 15-seconds exposures, then superimposed after registering them against the stars. As both Ceres and Vesta were moving across the stars, they changed position from one image to the other, this explaining why they show as “triple” objects (three images!). All the images were collected remotely with the 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. There was a very strong interference by the Moon, less than 10 deg apart.
Below is a podcast coming from the live coverage.
While Ceres and Vesta prepare their closest conjunction. at Virtual Telescope we imaged this unusual couple again.
Above is an image showing the dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta less than 12 arcminutes apart, with Vesta being clearly brighter than the other.
The image above was remotely taken with the 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope.
Next 5 July, we will show live the amazing, rare conjunction between the dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta. While waiting for this big show, we captured this view already showing the couple so close in perspective.
The image is a single 60-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the 14″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The field of view is 10′x15′, so it is clear that the two bodies are in a patch of sky smaller than the angular size of the Moon.
A satellite trail is also visible, enriching the view.
*** See Ceres and Vesta live here! ***
Next 5 July 2014, the dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta will apparently meet in the same spot in the sky: they will be less than 10 arc-minutes apart, being an easy target for small scopes. Their last conjunction was in 1996, but at that time they were more than two degrees apart.
At Virtual Telescope we planned to show live this rare event, for free, thanks to our robotic telescopes and our live webTV.
The online, free session is scheduled for 5 July 2014, starting at 20:00 UT.Click Here if you do not want to wait.
On 10 June 2014 at Virtual Telescope we shared live, online, the potentially hazardous asteroid 2014 HQ124, a couple of days after its close encounter with the Earth. The session was a big success, with the asteroid beautifully visible and perfectly tracked by our systems.
Above is an image coming the live show, captured with the 17″ robotic unit, where the asteroid is visible in the center: the telescope was tracking 2014 HQ124, so stars are apparently sliding.
Below is the full podcast from the online event