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    Supernova ASASSN-16fq (2016cok) in M 66: an image (29 May 2016)

    Supernova 2016cok (= ASASSN-16fq) in M 66 - 29 May 2016, 20:01 UT

    Supernova 2016cok (= ASASSN-16fq) in M 66 – 29 May 2016, 20:01 UT

    On 28 may 2016, the ASAS supernova survey discovered a possible supernova in the amazing Messier 66 spiral galaxy in Leo; the supernova nature was confirmed a few hours later, suggesting a type IIP object. Clouds made impossible to us to image it on the first night, but we had some clear skies the following one.

    The image above comes from the average of eleven, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The supernova was estimated at mag. 16.3 (R mags for the reference stars from UCAC-4). WE plan to closely follow-up this object.

    Please note: asteroid (28) Bellona is well visible on the left as a little trail.

    This is the 5th supernova showing in Messier 66 since 1973.

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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 partner 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!

    Asteroid Day Italia 2016

    Asteroid Day Italia 2016

    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.

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    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

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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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    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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    Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina: an image (15 Apr. 2016)

    Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina: 15 Apr. 2016

    Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina: 15 Apr. 2016

    Four months after our last published observation,  we slewed our robotic instruments to comet C/2013 US10 Catalina again, despite a very bright Moon and a poor altitude of the comet.

    The image above comes from the average of six, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked the target during imaging. The object was at less than 30 degrees above the horizon, with a high, 67%g bright Moon.The image scale is 1.2″/pixel.

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    Comet C/2014 S2 Panstarrs: a new image (15 Apr. 2016)

    C/2014 S2 Panstarrs: 15 Apr. 2016

    C/2014 S2 Panstarrs: 15 Apr. 2016

    As part of the follow-up programs part of the Virtual Telescope Project, we imaged comet C/2014 S2 Panstarrs.

    The image above comes from the average of 28, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. Binning 2×2, with a resulting scale of 1.2″/pixel. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of the comet, so stars left trails on the background. A bright (67%) Moon was 60 deg. high above the horizon.

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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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    Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a new image (11 Apr. 2016)

    Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: 11 Apr. 2016

    Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: 11 Apr. 2016

    On 11 Apr. we slewed our main robotic unit to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko again, after our previous, successful session. The object was in the same spot in the sky as the famous “Leo Triplet” (M 65, M66 and NGC 3628 . Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is the target of the ESA Rosetta space mission.

    This image above comes from the average of 12, 300-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. Binning 2×2, with a resulting scale of 1.2″/pixel. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of the comet, so stars left trails on the background. A nice tail is visible, extending at least for 11 arcminutes. On the bottom, a negative palette, helps displaying that feature. More images will follow, weather permitting.

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    Comet 252P/Linear: an image (11 Apr. 2016)

    Comet 252P/Linear: 11 Apr. 2016

    Comet 252P/Linear: 11 Apr. 2016

    Comet 252P/Linear has been and still is a well observed comet out there, while on the way to its fly-by with the Earth last 21 Mar. and now that it is leaving us. Despite its motion is bringing it far from us, this object is still a rewarding sight with a binocular, under good skies. It is worth to remind that this comet is, quite likely, the parent of the smaller one P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs, which made history on 22 Mar. with its record, 3rd closest ever flyby with our planet.

    At Virtual Telescope we finally managed to capture some data for comet 252P. The image above comes from the average of 11, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. Binning 2×2, with a resulting scale of 1.2″/pixel. The robotic telescope tracked the apparent motion of the comet, so stars left trails on the background. The target was at about 30 deg above the horizon during the imaging session.

    The resulting frame was very carefully processed with a non-linear stretching, to extract any possible feature in the inner coma, at the same time avoiding any further filtering, with the exception of a gentle unsharp masking for the false nucleus. Overall, the image provides a very natural view. A tail is obviously leaving the central condensation to East, as confirmed by large field of view images. We are quite happy with this result.

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