Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster imaged and filmed! – 8 Feb. 2018

Here it is an image of the Tesla Roadster on its way around the Sun. It will move between 147 and 260 millions of km from our star.

Tesla Roadster: 8 Feb. 2018

Tesla Roadster: 8 Feb. 2018

AMAZING! Here it is the Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster travelling out there, JUST IMAGED by Gianluca Masi and Michael Schwartz, as part of the joint program involving The Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories, Ltd. We could point the object using JPL’s ephemerids, asking to the robotic telescope to slew there… and we found it!

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The car is visible as a sharp dot of light. It was placed in orbit by SpaceX. The car was about as bright as magnitude 15.5, requiring a large (more than 16″ – 400 mm in diameter) to be seen visually.

Below is a video, obtained with 54 images taken back to back, from 11:12 to 12:15 UT, 8 Feb. 2018

Tesla Roadster travels across the stars - 8 Feb. 2018

Tesla Roadster travels across the stars – 8 Feb. 2018


New! We showed live images from our telescopes and showing the Tesla surfing the sky: see below!

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3 Responses

  1. Matteo says:

    Buonasera Gianluca complimenti per questo risultato, credo unico in tutto il mondo. Vorrei sapere, se fosse possibile, come è riuscito ad ottenere le coordinate ar e dec per eseguire il puntamento e la magnitudine apparente dell’auto. A presto!

  2. randall says:

    what is the small dot that is traveling directly in front of the roadster? In the video, you can see the fainter dot about 1/5 the screen-width to the right of the car. It isnt the fairing, that was left behind. Did Starman jump out and is now doing his Superman impersonation?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Interstellar Highway Patrol

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