Sky-object hunting has started

Image of the TAD telescope and the stars’ path around the celestial North Pole as seen from Teide Observatory, Tenerife. Photo credit: iac.es, D. Padrón.

A new portal for looking at the night sky has opened. Internet users will operate the telescopes, contributing to the science of astronomy.

From today, the GLORIA project provides Internet users with the possibility of studying the night sky. Since March 2013 GLORIA users have been able to observe the Sun thanks to the TADs solar telescope  (Telescopio Abierto Divulgación solar), located at Teide Observatory, Tenerife, Spain. Now, new research opportunities await, with the opening of five of the network’s night telescopes.
With the start of direct and  real-time observing using three telescopes located in Spain (Huelva, Málaga and Tenerife), and two in the Czech Republic (Ondrejov), GLORIA is fulfilling the challenge of building the first free-access telescope network, that will allow any user to produce scientific knowledge and explore the sky. The remaining telescopes will be brought online in the coming weeks.

To find out what you need to do, first have a look at the 5 minute videotutorial. Then, sign up at users.gloria-project.eu