Press release 10/11/2014
The GLORIA project makes robotic telescopes from four continents freely available to Internet users
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 (GLObal Robotic telescope Intelligent Array for e-science) 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 four interactive (accessible since July 2014) and nine scheduled night telescopes of the network.
GLORIA (gloria-project.eu) fulfilled the challenge of building the first free-access telescope network, that will allow any user to produce scientific knowledge with the initial set of thirteen telescopes: five in Spain, three in Chile, one in Argentina, two in the Czech Republic, one in South Africa and one in Russia. And more will be added soon.
The project is based on the philosophy of collective intelligence: when more eyes are looking at the sky, more can be learnt from it. Users will be able to perform research on, for example, asteroids and supernovae, either by scheduling new observations and requesting telescope time, or by mining databases of existing images from GLORIA or other databases.
Go to users.gloria-project.eu to sign up for GLORIA telescopes.
The network also offers its free (copyleft) software and methodology to advanced users to robotise their own telescopes and connect them to the network, so that many telescopes throughout the world will be connected through a single website.
GLORIA has already provided live transmissions of exciting astronomical events such as the Transit of Venus that occurred in June 2012, the total Solar Eclipse of 2013 and the total Lunar Eclipse of April 15th, 2014 from Cuzco (Peru). Last August a new Aurora Borealis expedition to Greenland and Iceland gave us the chance to watch again, live, the spectacle of the multi-color nights over the arctic lands. These broadcasts are designed to awaken interest in astronomy, particularly among young people.
GLORIA is a three year project financed by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7/2007-2012), grant number 283783. The project, which began in October 2011, involves thirteen institutions from eight countries.
For more information please contact:
Prof. Alberto J. Castro-Tirado (Astronomer), CSIC, Granada, Spain.