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    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus: a flyby image and a movie (16 June 2015)

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus: 16 June 2015 flyby

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus: 16 June 2015 flyby

    Last 16 June, the potentially hazardous asteroid (1566) Icarus had a rare, relative close encounter with the Earth, touching a minimum distance of about 8 millions of km from the us.

    That night, the sky was heavily cloudy and only for an handful of minutes it cleared for a quick capture.

    The image above is a single 120-seconds exposure, remotely taken with PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The robotic mount tracked the  fast (46″/minute) apparent motion of the asteroid, so stars are trailing, while the asteroid is perfectly tracked (the minor planet is the  sharp dot in the center). At the imaging time, the object was at about mag. 14.0 and at about 8.07 millions km from our planet.

    Below is a movie from 48, 60-seconds images captured the night before (15 June), from 20:39 to 21:12 UT. Sometimes clouds interfere with the images.

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus: 15 June 2015

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus: 15 June 2015

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    “Eyes on Saturn”: online event (20 June 2015)

    “Eyes on Saturn”: online event (20 June 2015)

    “Eyes on Saturn”: online event (20 June 2015)

    Eyes on Saturn” (“Occhi su Saturno”) is back, now at its 4th edition. Even this year, the Virtual Telescope will share live images of the elegant Lord of the Rings of our Solar System.

    The event is scheduled for 20 June 2015, starting at 20:00 UT, on the Virtual Telescope’s live channel 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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 LF extremely close encounter: a stunning image (08 June 2015)

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 LF: an image (8 June 2015)

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 LF: an image (8 June 2015)

    On 8 June 2015, at 23:49 UT, the 15 meters large near-Earth asteroid 2015 LF made an extremely close, but safe, encounter with our home planet, coming within 200.000 km. At Virtual Telescope we planned a live, online observing session to show it the the world, but weather was against us.

    Sometime after the event was cancelled, the clouds moved away and we had only two minutes, literally, to try imaging this very fast moving rock a few hours before its minimum distance from the Earth, thanks to the advanced capabilities of the Virtual Telescope.

    The image above is a single 120-seconds exposure, remotely taken with PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. The robotic mount tracked the VERY fast (550″/minute) apparent motion of the asteroid, so stars are trailing, while the asteroid is perfectly tracked (the minor planet is the little sharp dot in the center). At the imaging time, the object was at about mag. 14.5 and at about 270.000 km from our planet. This is, once again, a super result, showing the amazing capabilities of the Virtual Telescope in tracking extremely demanding asteroids.

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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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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    Near-Earth Asteroid 2015 LF extremely close encounter on 08 June 2015: online event

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 KW120: an image (28 May 2015)

    Near-Earth asteroid 2015 KW120: an image (28 May 2015)

    Later today, 8 June 2015 at 23:49 UT, the just discovered, 10 meters large asteroid 2015 LF will have an extremely close, but safe, encounter with the Earth.

    This rock, discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on June 7, will brush us coming closer than 200.000 km, that is only half of the mean lunar distance.

    This small rock will peak in brightness at mag. 14.5 or so, requiring at least a 16″ scope for visual observations. Imagers can try to capture it with smallere telescopes, showing its fast apparent motion, reaching more than 0.25 deg/minute.

    The Virtual Telescope will show it live, online, on 8 June, starting at 20:00 UT. To join, you need to enter, at the given data and time, our webTV 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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus rare close encounter: online event (16 June 2015)

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    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus close encounter: poster of the event

    Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus close encounter: poster of the event

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    Next 16 June 2015, at 15:39 UT, the 1.5 km large Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (1566) Icarus will made a quite rare, close approach with the Earth, reaching a minimum distance of 8 millions of km from us.

    Needless to say, this is a definitely safe distance (21 times the distance of our Moon), but close encounters with this famous and very important asteroids are rare: Icarus came closer than this time only in 1968 (and that one was an historic approach), so  the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of (1566) Icarus with live commentary by our scientific staff.

    The online, free session is scheduled for 16 June 2015, starting at 21:30 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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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    Asteroid Day: an official global event, online – 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 live, 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. A chat will make possible to people to submit questions in real time.

    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.

    Being this an online event, you can join from every part of the globe, just need an internet connection. This is particularly useful to those living far from any physical venue hosting something for Asteroid Day or to those unable to physically move. Virtual Telescope really makes Asteroid Day an event for everyone.

    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.

    *** To join it, just click – at given date and time – 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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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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. 2015, 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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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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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    If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive an exclusive, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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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. 2015, 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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for Asteroid Day!

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