Elon Musk’s Tesla fades while enters the deep space – 12 Feb. 2018

After we made the world crazy, imaging Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster surfing the skies, we continued observing it night after night and now that it is sinking in deep space, it is getting dimmer and harder  to see. But we captured the Tesla again and are happy to share with you.

Tesla Roadster: 12 Feb. 2018

Tesla Roadster: 12 Feb. 2018

The image above comes from a single, 300-seconds exposure, remotely taken with the 16″-f/3.75 Tenagra III (“Pearl”) robotic unit in Arizona, available as part of the partnership between the Virtual Telescope Project (Italy) and Tenagra Observatories (Arizona, USA).

The Roadster is a faint dot of light now, marked on the image with two red lines. The telescope tracked it apparent motion across the stars, this is way they look like little trails. At the imaging time, the car was about 1.7 millions of km from us, that is 4.4 the mean lunar distance.

14 Feb. 2018, 12:15 UTC: see the Tesla LIVE with our telescopes!

We managed to show the car live, streaming real-time images from that telescope: below you will find the podcast of this unique opportunity.

 

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