Since its foundation in 2006, the Virtual Telescope Project has presented to the international audience a stunning array of amazing, online journeys, showing the beauty of the Universe in real-time. Quite often, the topic chosen for these live events made them a truly world premiere happening. Now, Virtual Telescope is ready to make history once again, with a project never seen before.
For the first time ever, it will be possible for the public worldwide to have an in-depth tour of the entire Messier deep sky catalogue. After inventing in 2009 the Online Messier Marathon, showing via the internet the whole Messier catalogue in a single night, we will now dedicate a complete, one hour long tour to every single Messier object, unveiling every aspect of it involving history, anecdotes, arts and of course astrophysics. A total of 110 missions through space and time, thanks to the advanced, technological eyes of the Virtual Telescope Project. All the events will be accessible for free, online: a computer/tablet/smartphone connect to the internet will be the only needed tools.
This is a titanic effort and it will take a few years to be fulfilled, assuring a long season of enjoyment and cultural discovery to all those loving the wonders of the Cosmos.
Stay tuned, the first dates will be announced soon!
I hope you like this and that you will continue to support the giant effort of the Virtual Telescope Project.
dr. Gianluca Masi, PhD
Director, the Virtual Telescope Project
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