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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324 getting close: a image (23 Oct. 2014)

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324: 23 Oct. 2014

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324: 23 Oct. 2014

    Less than 24 hours before its close approach, at Virtual Telescope we imaged near-Earth asteroid 2014 SC324 while it was peaking in brightness at magnitude 13.5.

    The image above is a single 300-seconds exposure, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the apparent, fast (75″/minute) rate of the asteroid. 2014 SC324 is visible as a sharp and bright dot of light in the center, while stars are trailing. At the imaging time, the object was at about 920.000 km from the Earth

    Next 25 Oct. at 00:00 UT at Virtual Telescope we will show this very close approach live, online, for free: save the date!

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324 coming close: a image and video (20 Oct. 2014)

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324: 20 Oct. 2014

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324: 20 Oct. 2014

    While waiting for the live event covering this object, we observed the near-Earth asteroid 2014 SC324 on its approaching route. Late this next 24 Oct., this 60-meters large object will “touch” a minimum distance of about 570.000 km from us, that is 1.5 lunar distances. Needless to say, it is an absolutely safe distance, no risks at all for the Earth. It will be a wonderful opportunity for all of us to look at this asteroid.

    A few hours before of the fly-by, it will be as bright as magnitude 13.5, so easily within the capabilities of a small photographic equipment: so, amateur astronomers, stay tuned! It will be perfectly placed in the sky, especially for those living in the northern hemisphere.

    The image above is the average of three, 180-seconds exposures, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked at the apparent rate of the asteroid. 2014 SC324 is visible as a sharp dot of light in the center, while stars are trailing.

    Below a video is available, showing four images taken back to back during the the same session: the asteroid is a sharp dot of light in the  center, tracked by the mount, while stars are trailing on the background. Click on the image for the full res version.

    A short video showing the near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324: 20 Oct. 2014

    A short video showing the near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324: 20 Oct. 2014

    Next 25 Oct. at 00:00 UT at Virtual Telescope we will show this very close approach live, online, for free: save the date!

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    If everyone reading this right now gave €2, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, consider to support us.

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324 close encounter: online event (25 Oct. 2014)

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 SC324

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    Next 24 Oct. 2014, at  19:31 UT, the 60-meters large asteroid 2014 SC324 will made a very close approach with the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of less than 580.000 km, that is 1.5 lunar distances.

    Of course, this is a very safe distance, but still a very spectacular circumstance, so  the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of 2014 SC324 with live commentary by our scientific staff.

    The online, free session is scheduled for 25 Oct. 2014, starting at 00:00 UT.

    To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

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    The Comet and the Planet: comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring meets planet Mars – 19 Oct. 2014, online event

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    The Comet and the Planet: comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring meets planet Mars

    The Comet and the Planet: comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring meets planet Mars

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    Next 19 Oct. 2014, we will see an extremely rare event: comet C/2013 A1 will pass extremely close to planet Mars, about 140.000 km from the center of the planet. At Virtual Telescope we will track this unusual couple around the time of the close approach, sharing images live, through our web TV, with live commentary of our scientific staff.

     So, we will be broadcasting this amazing encounter live, on our web TV. This is a free event. If you like it, save the date!

    Join us on October 19, starting at 16:45 Universal Time! You just need to access our online webTV, click here!

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

    If everyone reading this right now gave €2, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, consider to support us.

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    8 October 2014: Total Lunar Eclipse – live event, online!

    8 October 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse: poster

    8 October 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse: poster

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    Next 8 Oct. 2014, the Moon will offer an amazing total eclipse, visible from the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and most of Asia. Following the great experience we had last April, The Virtual Telescope Project managed to put together a great international team, ready to capture the eclipse from suitable locations and share them via our live feed. The event will be both in English and Italian.

    So far, the team making the live event is composed by

    • astrophotographer: Dean Hooper (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia);
    • astrophotographer: John Stevenson (Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia);
    • astrophotographer: Chris Stockdale (Latrobe Valley Astronomical Society, “Hazelwood Observatory”, near Morwell, Victoria, Australia)
    • astrophotographer: Joaquin Fabrega Polleri (Asociacion Panameña de Aficionados a la Astronomia, Panama);
    • astrophotographer: Gary Varney (South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association, Florida);
    • astrophotographer: Fernando Rodriguez (South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association, Florida);
    • astrophotographer: James McCue (New Mexico)
    • astrophotographer:  Malcolm Park (Toronto, Canada)
    • astrophotographer:  Bill Longo (Toronto, Canada)
    • astrophotographer: Ron Delvaux (Delvaux Observatory, Arizona)
    • astrophotographer: John W. Johnson (Omaha Astronomical Society, Nebraska)
    • astrophotographer: Marcy Malavasi (Altair , Costa Rica)
    • astrophotographer: Mirko Harnisch (New Zealand)
    • coordinator and live comment: astrophysicist Gianluca Masi (The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy).

    If you want be part of the team, please let us know.

    So, we will be broadcasting this amazing total lunar eclipse live, on our web TV. This is a free event. If you like it, save the date!

    Join us on October 8, starting at 10:00 Universal Time! You just need to access our online webTV, click here!

    *** Join it LIVE here! ***

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

    If everyone reading this right now gave €2, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, consider to support us.

    donate 5 Euros now (you can adjust the amount later)


    Virtual Telescope's Crowd-funding Campaign 2014

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    New Frontiers for the Virtual Telescope: online event (24 Sept. 2014)

    New Frontiers for the Virtual Telescope

    At Virtual Telescope we have a dream, a big dream. After eight  years of amazing work and dedication, bringing the beauty of the Cosmos to more than 6 millions of individuals from more than 230 Countries for free, we are working hard to make a big step forward, greatly improving the already unbelievable capabilities of our robotic system.

    We would love to increase both our public and scientific activities, acquiring a new imaging device.

    To support such a giant effort, we launched a fund-raising campaign and several friends were very generous with their vital contribution.  We want to present this campaign to the community, sharing the dream we would love to make real.

    You are invited to join this free, online cosmic journey from the comfort of your home: we will surf space and time in real time, with live commentary by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi. The event is scheduled for 24 Sept. 2014, starting at 20:00 UT. Save the date!

    To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

    If everyone reading this right now gave €2, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, consider to support us.

    donate 5 Euros now (you can adjust the amount later)


    Virtual Telescope's Crowd-funding Campaign 2014

    Click above to learn more

     

    International Observe the Moon Night: 6 Sept. 2014

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    International Observe the Moon Night: 6 Sept. 2014

    International Observe the Moon Night: 6 Sept. 2014

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    This 6th Sept. 2014 celebrate the International Observe the Moon Night 2014 with the Virtual Telescope!

    We will show our amazing satellite live, online and you can walk on it from the comfort of your home. Meet our friends on the live chat, while looking at the Moon!

    The online, free session is scheduled for 6 Sept 2014, starting at 20:00 UT.

    To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

    If everyone reading this right now gave €2, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, consider to support us.

    donate 5 Euros now (you can adjust the amount later)


    Virtual Telescope's Crowd-funding Campaign 2014

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 RC very close encounter: online event (6 Sept. 2014)

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    Near-Earth asteroid 2014 RC: orbital position, 7 Sept. 2014

    Near-Earth asteroid 2014 RC: orbital position, 7 Sept. 2014

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    Next 7 Sept. 2014, at 18:19 UT, the 20-meters large asteroid 2014 RC will made a very close approach with the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of less than 40.000 km, that is 0.1 lunar distances.

    Of course, this is a very safe distance, but still a very spectacular circumstance, so  the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of 2014 RC with live commentary by our scientific staff.

    The online, free session is scheduled for 6 Sept 2014, starting at 22:00 UT.

    To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

     

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

    If everyone reading this right now gave €2, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, consider to support us.

    donate 5 Euros now (you can adjust the amount later)


    Virtual Telescope's Crowd-funding Campaign 2014

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    Happy Birthday, Virtual Telescope! Eight Years of Stars – online event (21 Aug. 2014)

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    The C14 (left) and the PW17 (right) units now part of the robotic Virtual Telescope Project facility

    The C14 (left) and the PW17 (right) units now part of the robotic Virtual Telescope Project facility

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    Next 21 Aug. the Virtual Telescope Project will celebrate its 8th birthday with a special, *free* online event, offering an unforgettable journey across the Universe.

    So far, several millions of individuals from 230 Countries enjoyed the skies through our systems, while it was used for many astronomical discoveries in many different areas, making the Virtual Telescope the most active, robotic facility of its size in the world. Considering that the project has NO funds, this looks like a record never seen in the world. That is the force of a great idea.

    To celebrate our 8th birthday, we will offer an online tour through the Cosmos. We will present the results of this unique project, sharing some of the most important achievements, before leaving for our cosmic journey.

    The event is scheduled for 21 Aug. 2014 at 20.30 Universal Time (to see this time in your timezone, check here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/). The event will be in English and will be hosted at the following webpage: http://www.astrowebtv.org/

    We promise a spectacular experience

    To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

     

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

    If everyone reading this right now gave €2, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, consider to support us.

    donate 5 Euros now (you can adjust the amount later)


    Virtual Telescope's Crowd-funding Campaign 2014

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    Ceres and Vesta close conjunction: image and podcast (5 July 2014)

    Ceres and Vesta close conjunction: 5 July 2014

    Ceres and Vesta close conjunction: 5 July 2014

    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.

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project fundraising campaign!

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    Virtual Telescope's Crowd-funding Campaign 2014

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