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    Asteroid Day: an official global event – 30 June 2015

    Live event for "Asteroid Day": poster

    Live event for “Asteroid Day”: poster

    Next 30 June 2015, anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska event, will be internationally celebrated as the “Asteroid Day“: it is “a global awareness movement where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, our families, communities, and future generations“.

    The Virtual Telescope Project is the leading facility in the world sharing line, online the most spectacular near-Earth asteroids and their close encounters with our home planet. We showed these objects to millions of individuals from more than 200 Countries. We will offer this live, online event on the occasion on the  Asteroid Day celebration.

    The live event will be conduced by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, owner and scientific director of the Virtual Telescope Project, with a long scientific experience on both astrometric and physical observations of asteroids., recipient in 2005 of the “Shoemaker NEO Grant” of the Planetary Society. It will have a very special guest:Michael Schwartz, CEO and Director of the Tenagra Observatories, Ltd., pioneer and leader in advanced, highly automated astronomy, recently awarded by Nasa with a grant for deep follow-up of newly discovered NEOs, follow-up of fast NEOs that may become lost and recovery of difficult to locate 1rst opposition NEO returns.

    During the live event we will review near-Earth asteroids, discovering what scientists are doing to discovery and understand them, then we will observe some of them in real time, thanks to the highly advanced technologies of the Virtual Telescope.

    the poster above uses an asteroid graphic by ESA – P.Carril

    The live event is scheduled for 30 June 2015, starting at 23:00 UT.

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    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HQ171 very close encounter: live event (02 May 2015)

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    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 HQ171: orbit

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 HQ171: orbit

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    Next 2 May 2015, at 03:51 UT, the 15-meters large asteroid 2015 HQ117 will made a very close, but safe approach with the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of less than 460.000 km, that is 1.2 lunar distances.

    We wish to underline this is a safe distance, but still a very spectacular event, so  the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of 2015 HQ117 with live commentary by our scientific staff.

    The online, free session is scheduled for 02 May 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!

    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD10 very close encounter: live event (29 Apr. 2015)

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    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 HD10: orbit

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 HD10: orbit

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    Next 29 Apr. 2015, at 09:55 UT, the 15-meters large asteroid 2015 HD10 will made a very close approach with the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of less than 650.000 km, that is 1.7 lunar distances.

    Needless to say, this is a safe distance, but still a very spectacular event, so  the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of 2015 HD10 with live commentary by our scientific staff.

    The online, free session is scheduled for 29 Apr. 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!

    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

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    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 HD1 extremely close encounter: an amazing image and movie(20 Apr. 2015)

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD1: 20 Apr. 2015

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD1: 20 Apr. 2015

    While the near-Earth asteroid 2015 HD1 was gettin closer and closer, Virtual telescope showed it live, online, to several thousands of curious people from all around the globe.

    The image above is a single 180-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope during the live, public feed. The robotic mount tracked the fast apparent motion of the asteroid, so stars are trailing, while the asteroid is perfectly tracked. At the imaging time, the asteroid was already at 400.000 km from us and approaching its min distance of about 75.000 km in a few more hours.

    Using 80, 30-seconds exposures, taken from 21:49 to 22:4 UT, it was possible to make the movie below:

    Asteroid 2015 HD1: 20 Apr. 2015

    Asteroid 2015 HD1: 20 Apr. 2015

    Below is the podcast from our live coverage of this close approach:

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project!

    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 HD1 extremely close encounter: live event (20 Apr. 2015)

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    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 HD1: orbit

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 HD1: orbit

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    Next 21 Apr. 2015, at 08:11 UT, the 15-meters large asteroid 2015 HD1 will made an extremely close approach with the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of less than 75.000 km, that is 0.2 lunar distances.

    Of course, this is a safe distance, but still a very spectacular circumstance, so  the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of 2015 HD1 with live commentary by our scientific staff.

    The online, free session is scheduled for 20 Apr. 2014, starting at 21:00 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!

    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 GA1: an image (13 Apr. 2015)

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 GA1: 13 Apr. 2015

    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 GA1: 13 Apr. 2015

    Next 16 April 2015, at 07:11 UT, the near-Earth asteroid 2015 GA1 will have a very close encounter with our planet. With an estimated diameter of ~20 meters, this asteroid will reach a minimum distance from us of about 960.000 km, that is 2.5 times the mean distance of the Moon. Of course, there are not risks of collisions at all.

    The image above is a single 300-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The robotic mount tracked the fast apparent motion of the asteroid, so stars are trailing, while the asteroid is perfectly tracked.

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project!

    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

    “Stars for All!”: online cosmic journey – 16 April 2015

    “Stars for All!” – online event

    “Stars for All!” – online event

    an official event for Global Astronomy Month (April 2015)

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    Join this fabulous live online observing event from the Virtual Telescope in Italy, hosted by Dr. Gianluca Masi!

    Join us as we take a great journey in the sky: we will travel to very distant objects, from the Solar System to the borders of space and time. An online, remote observing event hosted by The Virtual Telescope Project.

    Special Announcement!   Astronomers Without Borders is crossing another border! In conjunction with the Virtual Telescope, Galileo Teachers Training Program and Astronomical Observatory, University of Valencia, AWB is making it possible for both sighted people and people with visual impairments to take part in this live online observing event!

    In what we believe is a world first we are allowing for the real time images to be printed off and converted into a tactile surface so people with visual impairments around the world will be able to experience the wonder of observing with the Virtual Telescope LIVE.   If you wish get involved in this unique observing experience you will need swell paper and a thermal expansion machine, and to follow the procedure below:

    Procedure:

    1. During the event the JPEGs of the images from the Virtual Telescope will be processed and made available for download. Download these images as they become available

    2. Print the images on swell paper

    3. Put the swell paper thorough a thermal expansion machine

    Due to the image processing required there will be a small delay between the image on the screen and it being available for printing, but we hope to keep this to a minimum.

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    The Universe will look as never seen before, are you ready?

    Join us on April 19, starting at 20.30 Universal Time! You just need to access our online webTV, click here!

    Don’t miss Global Astronomy Month, and be ready to celebrate the Universe with us!

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project!

    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

    4 April total Lunar Eclipse: report and podcast from an amazing event

    Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015: Central totality (Dean Hooper -Melbourne, Australia)

    Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015: Central totality (Dean Hooper -Melbourne, Australia)

    The sky did not fail, once again, to amaze all of us, last 4 April. That day, a lunar eclipse was expected. It was mainly announced as a grazing total one: the full coverage of our satellite by the Earth’s shadow was only marginal, to the point that a number of subtle issues, usually neglected when the totality is generously deep, had this time an important role. The exact shape of the Earth was a key factor, for example. So, observation of the real outcome of the eclipse was of particular interest.

    In addition, this eclipse happened during Global Astronomy Month 2015, as this April (for the 7th time in a row since 2010) has been called by Astronomers Without Borders, an international organization making a giant effort to share the wonders of the cosmos despite and conventional limit (a mission the Virtual Telescope strongly supports!).

    At Virtual Telescope we wanted to share it live with the world, but the event was not visible from our robotic facility in Italy. So, once again, we managed to make a great team, which I love to call the “Cosmic Team“: a number of experienced imagers, willing to share their love for the sky, placed all around the planet and ready to capture images of the eclipse and send them in real time to me, going to push them into our live feed. We had observers in Canada, North America, Central America and Australia.

    4 April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse: poster

    4 April 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse: poster

    Some of the observers were not lucky: the weather at their sites was cloudy, so they could not see the eclipse. The lucky (and generous!) observers where, in scattered order: Dean Hooper (Melbourne, Australia), Chris Stockdale (Melbourne, Australia),  Ron Delvaux (Arizona, USA), Gary Varney (Florida, USA), James McCue (New Mexico, USA), Joaquin Fabrega Polleri (Panama), Marcy Malavasi (Costa Rica) and Andrew Wall (South Australia, Australia).

    Below are a few images received during the live coverage by our team of observers and they bring to you the amazing emotion and elegance of the lunar eclipse.

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse; the Earth's shadow starts to cross the Moon (Dean Hooper)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the Earth’s shadow starts to cross the Moon (Dean Hooper, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the shadow is really there! (Gary Varney)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the shadow is really there! (Gary Varney, Florida, USA)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: minute after minute, the show amazes with its beauty (Marcy Malavasi)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: minute after minute, the show amazes with its beauty (Marcy Malavasi, Costa Rica)

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    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse; the Earth's shadow is always much more evident (Ron Delvaux)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the Earth’s shadow is always much more evident (Ron Delvaux, Arizona, USA)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse; the Earth's shadow is now very dominant (Gary Varney)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the Earth’s shadow is now very dominant (Gary Varney, Florida, USA)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wide field image showing hald of the Moon in umbra  (Marcy Malavasi)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wide field image showing hald of the Moon in umbra (Marcy Malavasi, Costa Rica)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wide field image showing the elegance of the partial phase  (Joaquin Fabrega Polleri)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wide field image showing the elegance of the partial phase (Joaquin Fabrega Polleri, Panama)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: more shadow than light, the show is ongoing (James McCue)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: more shadow than light, the show is ongoing (James McCue, New Mexico, USA)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the beautiful bronze color stars to show  (Dean Hooper)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the beautiful bronze color stars to show (Dean Hooper, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the partially eclipsed Moon is setting in Panama  (Joaquin Fabrega Polleri)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the partially eclipsed Moon is setting in Panama (Joaquin Fabrega Polleri, Panama)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the maximum eclipse is not far  (Ron Delvaux)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the maximum eclipse is not far (Ron Delvaux, Arizona, USA)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: maximum eclipse is almost here (Dean Hooper)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: maximum eclipse is almost here (Dean Hooper, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wide field image close to maximum eclipse (Chris Stockdale)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wide field image close to maximum eclipse (Chris Stockdale, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the maximum eclipse arrived started (Andrew Wall)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the maximum eclipse arrived started (Andrew Wall, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the maximum eclipse arrived started (Chris Stockdale)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the maximum eclipse arrived started (Chris Stockdale, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the Red Moon sets above New Mexico (James McCue)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the Red Moon sets above New Mexico (James McCue, New Mexico, USA)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the eclipse almost at maximum (Ron delvaux)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the eclipse almost at maximum (Ron delvaux, Arizona, USA)

    Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015: Central totality (Dean Hooper -Melbourne, Australia)

    Total Lunar Eclipse 4th April 2015: Central totality (Dean Hooper -Melbourne, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the centrality has gone, slowly the shadow will leave the Moon (Dean Hooper)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: the centrality has gone, slowly the shadow will leave the Moon (Dean Hooper, Australia)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wonderful composition showing the full coverage from Florida, USA  (Gary Varney)

    4 April 2015 lunar eclipse: a wonderful composition showing the full coverage from Florida, USA (Gary Varney)

    As you can see from all those superb images, it is not obvious if, at the very end, the eclipse was total or not. There was quite a lot of interesting discussions about this, before and after the eclipse, making clear that even a popular event like this has some details making it not trivial.

    Considering both the live event and the views of the podcast after it, more than 45.000 individuals from more than 100 Countries saw the eclipse via the Virtual Telescope and the great Cosmic Team! This is a great success for Global Astronomy Month 2015, too: having people from all over the planet admiring the eclipse on the Virtual Telescope platform, online, with images coming from different Countries, across borders, could it be, literally, more global?

    Below if the full podcast from the live feed:

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    “Shadows around Jupiter: Callisto eclipses Ganymede” – online event (2 April 2015)

    "Shadows around Jupiter: Callisto eclipses Ganymede": poster of the event (2 Apr. 2015)

    “Shadows around Jupiter: Callisto eclipses Ganymede”: poster of the event (2 Apr. 2015)

    an official event for Global Astronomy Month (April 2015)

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    These months, thanks to favorable geometrical conditions, we are enjoying mutual occultations and eclipses among the Galilean satellites. Some of these events are truly spectacular, as we showed the last time this conditions arose (2009).

    This time, there is another great coincidence: 2015 has been named International Year of Light (IYL2015) by United Nations, “[…] recognizing the importance of light and light-based technologies in the lives of the citizens of the world and for the future development of global society on many levels”. Quite interestingly, late in the XVII Century, the Galilean Moons were vital to make possible the first serious experimental determination of the speed of light. So, our event is perfectly on time!

    On 2 April 2015, starting at 18:45 UT, we will see live how Callisto will gradually cast its shadow to Ganymede, the largest moon in our Solar System.

    *** Join it LIVE here! ***

    Join us on April 2, starting at 18:45 Universal Time! You just need to access our online webTV, click here!

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    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

    Online Messier Marathon – 7th edition! – 22 April 2015

    Online Messier Marathon – 7th Edition!

    Online Messier Marathon – 7th Edition!

    an official event for Global Astronomy Month (April 2015)

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    Would you like to explore the many treasures of the famous Messier Catalogue from home? Would you like to see as many of them as possible, in a single night? This is what is called a Messier Marathon!

    After the unprecedented success of previous editions, even for Global Astronomy Month 2015 (GAM 2015, April 2015), we will offer an Online Messier Marathon, using our robotic telescopes, providing real time images and live comments. All this while chatting and sharing your passion and excitement with friends from all around the world.

    Join us on April 22, starting at 18.30 Universal Time! You just need to access our online webTV, click here!

    Don’t miss Global Astronomy Month, and be ready to celebrate the Universe with us!

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    Support The Virtual Telescope Project!

    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, AMAZING image of potentially hazardous asteroid 2004 BL86 taken taken by the Virtual Telescope!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

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