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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-rising 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Ceres and Vesta close conjunction: a new image (4 July 2014)

    The dwarf planet (1) Ceres and the asteroid (4) Vesta

    The dwarf planet (1) Ceres and the asteroid (4) Vesta

    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.

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    Ceres and Vesta close conjunction: an image (3 July 2014)

    The dwarf planet (1) Ceres and the asteroid (4) Vesta

    The dwarf planet (1) Ceres and the asteroid (4) Vesta

    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.

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    Ceres and Vesta meet in the sky: online observing session (5 July 2014)

    Ceres and Vesta meet in the sky

    Ceres and Vesta meet in the sky

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    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.

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

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    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 HQ124: podcast and image (10 June 2014)

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 HQ124: 10 June 2014

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 HQ124: 10 June 2014

    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

     

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    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 2014 HQ124 close approach: online observing session (10 June 2014)

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) 2014 HQ124 : orbit

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) 2014 HQ124 : orbit

    Next 8 June 2014, at 05:57 UT, the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) 2014 HQ124 will make a close encounter with the Earth. This ~320 meters large asteroid will reach a minimum distance of 1.3 millions of km from us, so really no risks of collisions, just a nice chance for spotting this little body in the sky.

    The Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of 2014 HQ124 with live commentary by our scientific staff.

    The online, free session is scheduled for 10 June 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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