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    Asteroid Day Italia: osservazione online di asteroidi potenzialmente pericolosi – 30 giugno 2016

    Asteroid Day Italia 2016: osservazione online di asteroidi potenzialmente pericolosi

    Asteroid Day Italia 2016: osservazione online di asteroidi potenzialmente pericolosi

    In occasione della seconda edizione dell’Asteroid Day, il Virtual Telescope Project, promotore dell’Asteroid Day per l’Italia, propone una suggestiva crociera: l’esplorazione in diretta degli asteroidi potenzialmente pericolosi. Grazie ai sofisticati strumenti parte del Virtual Telescope, sarà possibile osservare, in tempo reale via internet e comodamente dal proprio pc, tablet o smartphone, alcuni tra i pianetini che si avvicinano alla Terra.

    Nel corso di questo viaggio conosceremo l’affascinante mondo degli asteroidi, svelandone la natura, le orbite, fino a meglio comprendere i reali rischi di collisione, le potenziali conseguenze e le tecnologie utili alla difesa del nostro pianeta. Il tutto in perfetta aderenza con la mission dell’Asteroid Day, lanciato con l’intento di avviare una campagna informativa globale, consentendo alle persone di tutto il pianeta di scoprire il conoscere il reame degli asteroidi e ciò che noi possiamo fare per proteggerci da possibili impatti futuri.

    A condurre la sessione osservativa sarà Gianluca Masi, astrofisico e Dottore di Ricerca in Astronomia, scopritore di diverse decine di asteroidi.

    Il Virtual Telescope Project, in qualità di promotore ufficiale dell’Asteroid Day in Italia, propone questo evento anche in supporto di quanti, singoli o associazioni, desiderano creare un evento per questa celebrazione internazionale, ma non dispongono di mezzi propri utili all’osservazione di tali corpi celesti, spesso davvero elusivi. Sarà così possibile proiettare su grande schermo lo streaming via web per condividere con il proprio pubblico questa importante ricorrenza. L’evento si svolge in collaborazione con il canale Scienza & Tecnica di Ansa.

    Coelum Astronomia è media sponsor dell’iniziativa.

    L’appuntamento con questa diretta è per il 30 giugno, con inizio alle ore 21:00. Per partecipare, basta accedere – alla data e all’ora indicate – alla pagina della nostra webTV qui!

    NB: Il Virtual Telescope offrirà anche una diretta in lingua inglese.

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    Asteroid Day: un evento ufficiale per l’Italia – 30 giugno 2016

    L’iniziativa ufficiale per l’Italia per celebrare insieme l’Asteroid Day!

    AsteroidDay2016_it_generale

    Un’iniziativa per curiosi del cielo, singoli appassionati e associazioni culturali! Partecipate numerosi.

    Il prossimo 30 giugno si terrà la seconda edizione dell’Asteroid Day, evento internazionale lanciato lo scorso anno con l’intento di avviare una campagna informativa globale, consentendo alle persone di tutto il pianeta di scoprire il mondo degli asteroidi e ciò che noi possiamo fare per proteggerci da possibili impatti futuri. Un tema questo da sempre di grande richiamo presso il pubblico, spesso confuso da trattazioni poco ortodosse dell’argomento. Successivamente al lancio del progetto, Istituzioni, personalità e scienziati si sono uniti in questa missione, dando vita a questo evento ricorrente, che si celebra ogni 30 giugno, anniversario dell’impatto di Tunguska (30 giugno 1908), il più importante della storia recente. Tra i fondatori dell’Asteroid Day figura Brian May, celeberrimo chitarrista dei Queen e, cosa non nota a tutti, laureato in astrofisica. Lo scorso anno è stato poi presentato il film “51 Degrees North” diretto da Grigorij Richters  (anch’egli tra i fondatori dell’Asteroid Day).

    Per l’edizione del 2016, sulla scorta del successo registrato nel 2015 e su accordo ufficiale con il board internazionale, il Virtual Telescope Project si fa promotore dell’Asteroid Day in Italia! Questo ci rende oltremodo orgogliosi, visto l’ineguagliato impegno con cui il Virtual Telescope si contraddistingue da sempre sulle scene internazionali proprio sugli asteroidi potenzialmente pericolosi, proponendone l’osservazione in diretta a tutto il mondo, spesso offrendo delle vere e proprie primizie.

    In occasione dell’Asteroid Day 2016 il Virtual Telescope offrirà una sessione osservativa in streaming con commento dal vivo a cura dell’astrofisico Gianluca Masi, resposanbile scientifico del Virtual Telescope, comodamente fruibile via web e avente per oggetto proprio gli asteroidi near-Earth. In questo modo chiunque, singoli e associazioni culturali, potranno organizzare un evento sul tema, condividendo presso la propria sede la diretta, laddove non fosse possibile osservare in proprio questi corpi celesti. Sarà inoltre possibile collaborare all’evento online, inviando al nostro staff proprie immagini di asteroidi near-Earth.

    Associazioni, osservatori e appassionati sono caldamente invitati ad organizzare attività culturali e osservative proprie, registrandole sul sito internazionale. Per una migliore diffusione, vi invitiamo a segnalarle anche al nostro staff. Il tema degli asteroidi e il relativo rischio d’impatto associato è tra quelli di maggiori richiamo per il pubblico, sicché l’Asteroid Day è una occasione preziosa per fornire informazioni corrette, contando sull’appeal dell’argomento.

    Coelum Astronomia è media sponsor dell’iniziativa.

    Stiamo definendo i dettagli dell’iniziativa, aggiorneremo costantemente questa pagina.

    Per ogni necessità e informazione non esitate a contattarci.

    Buon Asteroid Day a tutti!

    Gianluca Masi
    Virtual Telescope Project

    Eventi principali per l’Asteroid Day in Italia

     

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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 supporters like you!

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    The Nights of the Red Planet: online observations of planet Mars at opposition and close approach – 22 & 30 May 2016

    "The Night of the Red Planet": poster of the event

    “The Night of the Red Planet”: poster of the event

    After almost two years from last time, finally planet Mars is back at its best to be observed! The Red Planet, On 22 May 2016, will be at its opposition, that is Mars and the Sun will be on directly opposite sides of Earth. Because the involved orbits are elliptical, the minimum distance between the two planets will be touched a few days later, on 30 May: Mars will be at 75.3 million kilometers from us.

    That minimum distance will be the shortest of the last ten years, waiting for the much better one in 2018.

    To enjoy this great opportunity, the Virtual Telescope will offer a two free, online observing session focused on Mars, the red planet, to discover this extremely intriguing body.

    This live view is scheduled for 22 AND 30 May 2016, starting at 22:00 UT.

    To join, you just need to enter, at the dates and times above, our webTV page 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, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for supporters like you!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

    Asteroid Day: an official global event, online – 30 June 2016

    Live event for "Asteroid Day 2016": poster

    Live event for “Asteroid Day 2016”: poster

    After its premiere edition in 2015, Asteroid Day is back again. Next 30 June 2016, anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska event, we will celebrate “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. After his extremely appreciated participation last year, we will have again as very special guest Michael Schwartz. Michael is 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. Michael Schwartz is continuously developing his projects and technologies  and it will be exciting to hear him.

    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 2016, starting at 23:00 UT.

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

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    “Stars for All!”: online cosmic journey – 27 April 2016

    “Stars for All!” – online event

    “Stars for All!” – online event

    an official event for Global Astronomy Month (April 2016)

    *** Join it LIVE here! ***

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

    If you have been waiting for your turn to leave for an unforgettable cruise across space and time, Global Astronomy Month (GAM2016) is bringing to you the right chance! Fasten your seat belt and fly to the stars, just connecting with your computer to this web page! Meet other friends online and share your thoughts with them.

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

    Join us on April 27, starting at 19.30 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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    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 supporters like you!

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    The 9 May 2016 transit of Mercury : online observing session

    The 9 May 2016 transit of Mercury : online observing session - poster of the event

    The 9 May 2016 transit of Mercury : online observing session – poster of the event

    Next 9 May 2016, the sky will offer us a truly spectacular and rare astronomical event: a transit of planet Mercury in front of the Sun. This is the first of these transits after the 2006 one. The last Mercury transit visible from Europe was in 2003.

    The Virtual Telescope Project will bring this stunning cosmic event to you in real time, online, thanks to the most modern technologies, with the live comment by the astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, the inventor and manager of the Virtual Telescope Project. Thanks to us, not only you can see this marvelous show no matter where you are on the globe, but you will do this with full safety: never forget that observing the Sun, even by naked eye, is extremely dangers, as you can permanently damage your sight.

    The live, free  coverage is scheduled for 9 May 2016, starting at 11:00 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 supporters like you!

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    Record making comet P2016 BA14 Panstarrs: new images with tail and a stunning video with Messier 106 (24 Mar. 2016)

    Comet P2016 BA14 Panstarrs shows a nice tail - 24 Mar. 2016

    Comet P2016 BA14 Panstarrs shows a nice tail – 24 Mar. 2016

    While it is leaving us after making history with its flyby, at Virtual Telescope we are continuously tracking comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs. Unfortunately, there is still a Full Moon and we had to fight against lots of clouds, but we could grab some interesting images, showing a nice tail.

    The image above is the average of 14, 120-seconds unfiltered exposure, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the object during the exposures. The comet is clearly showing a tail. At the imaging time, there was a severe Full Moon, with clouds all around.

    The comet was also moving in a very interesting spot of heaven, “meeting” several interesting galaxies. The video below is quite stunning: P/2016 BA14 joins the marvelous spiral galaxy Messier 106, in Canes Venatici. Truly an amazing sight! In this video, North is right, East on the bottom; there are a few hot pixels, too.

    The motion seen there is 240X the real one.

    A still image is below, where  a few frames were averaged: the comet is now looking as a dotted trail.

    Comet P/2016 BA14 and Messier 106 - 24 Mar. 2016

    Comet P/2016 BA14 and Messier 106 – 24 Mar. 2016

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    Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs historic close encounter: an image and podcast (22 Mar. 2016)

    Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs: a faint tail is visible - 22 Mar. 2016

    Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs: a faint tail is visible – 22 Mar. 2016

    After several nights of coverage, waiting for its flyby, finally comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs touched its minimum distance from us: 3.5 millions of km, making it the third comet ever in history coming so close.

    At Virtual Telescope we planned two online, observing sessions, to share such a very rare event with the world. Both of them turned out to be truly spectacular ones.  A total of more than 50.000 individuals joined our webcasts and we were lucky to have clear skies on both nights.

    We also succeeded detecting a coma around this object. It was not easy, as the Moon was full and there were always clouds around. The image above comes from the average (left) and median combining (right) of 29, 60-seconds unfiltered exposure, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the object (48″/min) during the exposures. At the imaging time, a 99.6%, extremely bright full Moon was high in the sky, 38 deg. away from the target. Comet P/2016 BA14 was at 3.6 millions of km from us. A faint, elongated coma and small tail are visible, underlining how this object is really a comet. Likely, it is a fragment of comet 252P/Linear.

    Below are the podcasts from both our live webcasts.

    21 March 2016

    22 March 2016

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    “Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs: a historic close encounter” – online event (21 & 22 March 2016)

    "Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs: a historic close encounter": 21&22 Mar. 2016

    “Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs: a historic close encounter”: 21&22 Mar. 2016

    Next 22 March 2016, comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarss will make a truly historic close encounter with our planet, reaching a minimum distance from us of about 3,6 millions of km. While this distance is absolutely safe, it will make P/2016 BA14 the third closest comet ever in history.

    At Virtual Telescope we will show this comet live, online, so that everyone can have a look at this record event from the comfort of home.

    Two online, free sessions are scheduled for 21 and 22 Mar. 2016, 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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    Please wait while you are redirected...or Click Here if you do not want to wait.

    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 supporters like you!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

    Online Messier Marathon – 8th edition! – 28 April 2016

    Online Messier Marathon – 8th Edition!

    Online Messier Marathon – 8th Edition!

    an official event for Global Astronomy Month (April 2016)

    *** Join it here! ***

    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! It is a legendary event for star lovers and bow you can join it live, online!

    After the unprecedented success of previous editions, even for Global Astronomy Month 2016 (GAM 2016, April 2016), 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 28, starting at 21.00 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!

    Back to “Upcoming Events”

    Please wait while you are redirected...or Click Here if you do not want to wait.

    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 supporters like you!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

     

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