Treize télescopes, mais ce n’est qu’un début.

GLORIA a réussi à construire le premier réseau de télescopes robotiques accessible au public. Il permettra à tout utilisateur de prendre des images astronomiques et de participer activement à leur exploitation scientifique. Le projet, qui a débuté en octobre 2011, permet actuellement d’accéder à treize télescopes: cinq en Espagne, trois au Chili, un en Argentine, deux en Rèpublique Tchèque, un en Afrique du Sud et un en Russie. D’autres instruments seront bientôt ajoutés.
Enregistrez-vous sur la page « utilisateurs » et commencez à utiliser interractivement quatre télescopes nocturnes ou le télescope solaire ou bien envoyez vos demandes d’observations planifiées sur les autres télescopes.

La première phase du projet est terminée (tous les partenaires GLORIA remercient le support financier d’EC-FP7), mais en vérité, ceci est seulement le début du projet GLORIA.

NEA candidate observed by GLORIA telescope – FR

Animation of 6 images of the NEA candidate EUMO208 and (click to see it) the stacked image of the same set of images. In both cases the NEA candidate is marked by a purple circle.

On the night between 18th – 19th September 2014, the GLORIA telescope D50 of the Ondrejov Observatory (Czech Republic), performed follow-up observations of a candidate Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) called EUMO208. It was discovered last week by the EURONEAR project (European Near Earth Asteroids Research, euronear.imcce.fr) with the INT (Isaac Newton Telescope-ING, Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos, La Palma, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias).
Observations were made by Miquel Serra-Ricart using the GLORIA night interactive experiment (users.gloria-project.eu). The putative position was calculated through a circular orbit approximation. The final report was sent to the Minor Planet Center (MPC – minorplanetcenter.net). The obtained positional information will be used to calculate the real orbit of the object and then say a final word about its nature: a newly discovered object or an already known object with a not well known orbit.

Teo Mocmik and Ovidiu Vaduvescu (EURONEAR team) were involved in the astrometric analysis.

Images of the aurora burst from Greenland and Iceland – FR


The expedition « AURORAS BOREALES 2014 » managed to capture on August 21st with its cameras a burst of aurora activity related to a solar CME phenomenon (Coronal Mass Ejection) occurred two days earlier (it takes time to reach the Earth). We have seen with sharpness and clarity these amazing events from two different sites: the glacier Qaleraliq, SW of Greenland, and Hestheimar, SW of Iceland.

See the photos on Flickr.
The time-lapse playlist on YouTube.

GLORIA, focused on citizen science, recorded in the Greenland ice sheet seven hours of the life-cycle of the glacier, where night observations are conducted. The Qarelaliq glacier shows the deep wounds of global warming: it can be clearly seen the retreat of the ice mass. The document, compressed into seven minutes time-lapse, shows stunning details of the melting glacier front, where the falling blocks range from the size of of a small rock to that of a vessel.

See the video time-lapse on YouTube.

Aurora Borealis 2014 – FR

Like in 2012 and 2013, an expedition to observe the Aurora Borealis from the south of Greenland and Iceland will take place in the period 23-28 August. Named Shelios 2014, the expedition is promoted by the scientific-cultural association Shelios and is coordinated by its president Miquel Serra-Ricart, astronomer of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and member of the GLORIA Project. Daily broadcast from three different places in Greenland, between 23 and 25 August, will be transmitted: the surroundings of the Qaleraliq glacier, a farm called Tasiusaq, the town of Qasiarsuk, will be available on the web. Additional broadcasts from Hestheimar farm (South Iceland) will be on air between 26 and 28 August. Photos will be uploaded to a web album for one hour every day in real-time.

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Sky-objects hunting has started – FR

Image of the TAD telescope and the stars path around the celestial North Pole as seen from the Teide Observatory, Tenerife. Photo credits: 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 to study the night sky. Since March 2013 GLORIA users have been able to observe the Sun thanks to the TADs (Telescopio Abierto Divulgación solar), located in the Teide Observatory, Tenerife, Spain. Now, new research opportunities await, with the opening of five of the network’s night telescopes.
GLORIA is fulfilling the challenge of building the first free-access telescope network, that will allow any user to produce scientific knowledge with the start-up, in direct, real-time, observation mode of three telescopes located in Spain (Huelva, Málaga and Tenerife), and two in Czech Republic (Ondrejov). The remaining telescopes will be brought online in the coming weeks.

Go to users.gloria-project.eu to sign up for GLORIA telescopes and do not miss to first have a look to the 5 min detailed videotutorial (captions available for all the GLORIA languages – English speaking).