Monthly Archive: October 2012

Stars of the Month: November 2012

Stars of the Month: November 2012

Our monthly description of the night sky, month after month, is back with a new series. As always, it will be a live broadcast, with Gianluca Masi, from the Virtual Telescope Project. Discover what...

Comet 168P. 24 Oct. 2012, 18:29 UT

Comet 168P/Hergenrother: hi-res image (24 Oct. 2012)

This image of comet 168P/Hergenrother was obtained under excellent seeing conditions, between 1.3″ and 1.5″. More than 100 single frames were averaged, avoiding stellar contamination. More details are on the final image above. Images...

Comet 168P. 23 Oct. 2012, 20:50 UT

Comet 168P/Hergenrother: hi-res image (23 Oct. 2012)

Comet 168P/Hergenrother is still closely monitored at the Virtual Telescope, after our previous very interesting views of this object . On Oct. 23, with a good seeing of 1.6″, several images were collected, using a short...

Comet C/2012 S1 Ison

Comet C/2012 S1 Ison: 23 Oct. 2012

Discovered on 21 Sept. 2012, comet C/2012 S1 showed a great potential since the very beginning. Late on  Now. 2013 it will reach a minimum distance from the Sun of 1.2 millions of km....

“La Stella più vicina” – Cose dell’altro Geo

“La Stella più vicina” – Cose dell’altro Geo

Rai Tre, “Cose dell’altro Geo”, 16 Ottobre 2012   Back to “Podcast” page Support The Virtual Telescope Project! If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a...

Comet 168P - 19 Oct. 2012

Comet 168P/Hergenrother: hi-res images (19 Oct. 2012)

On 19 Oct. 2012, while observing comet 168P/Hergenrother, I noticed that its inner coma had a very interesting aspect, showing the false nucleus and an apparent secondary dust concentration. The latter feature was visible on...

M 77

M 77 – Cetus

Messier 77 was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and it is a peculiar galaxy in the constellation of Cetus, the Whale. Located at about 50 millions of light years, it is classified as hosting an...

Jupiter: 19 Oct. 2012

Jupiter: 19 Oct. 2012

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System. It is surrounded by a huge number of satellites, the biggest ones were discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610. It is always a very rewarding...

Comet 168P/Hergenrother

Comet 168/P Hergenrother: 12 Oct. 2012

Comet 168P/Hergenrother was discovered in 1998 and recovered in 2005.   During its 2012 apparition, early in Oct. 2012, the comet experimented an outburst, increasing its brightness of about 500 times, becoming quite bright to...


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