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.
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!
*** new images and Hi-Res movie NOW available here! ***
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
New! We showed live images from our telescopes and showing the Tesla surfing the sky: see below!
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