Ask the Moon — RU

The 27/28 September 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse is approaching (check HERE for visibility).
For sure there are questions you would like to ask to the Moon. We have created a team of «lunatics» able to answer for it.

How to send your questions?

BOOTES-3 observes Pluto occulting a star — RU

The BOOTES-3 dome at its new site, NIWA’s Lauder station in Central Otago (New Zealand). Credits: M. Jelinek
(ASU-CAS) and the BOOTES-3 Team (IAA-CSIC/Auckland U./NIWA).

While waiting for the NASA New Horizons spacecraft to reach Pluto in less than two weeks (closest distance will be 12,500 kilometers), in this time-lapse video you can see Pluto occultating a star. The images were taken with the GLORIA telescope BOOTES-3, recently moved to NIWA’s Lauder station in Central Otago (New Zealand). Watch the star in the centre closely. You will see it becoming dimmer and dimmer and then it gets brighter again as Pluto moves in front of it (see also the image on the left).

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A polar total Solar Eclipse — RU

After more than a year without Total Solar Eclipses (the last was on November 3, 2013), the one occurring on March 20, 2015 will see the shadow of the Moon touching Earth’s surface only in two arctic lands: Faroe and Svalbard Islands.
From Europe only a partial eclipse can be observed, with the peak of solar disk occultation occurring in Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and Norway. For example in north Spain the solar disk coverage will be about 50%.

Shelios and GLORIA have chosen as final destination for the Eclipse watching the Faroe Islands (Denmark), located in the heart of the «Gulf Stream» in the North Atlantic (62° N) northwest of Scotland, halfway between Norway and Iceland. The expedition is coordinated by Dr. Miquel Serra-Ricart (IAC).
The eclipse observing site will be the Centre for Maritime Studies (University of the Faroe Islands) located in the archipelago’s capital, Torshavn. The event will be transmitted live on the website.
The total duration of the eclipse is 2h 14m. The totality duration at Faroe Islands will be 2m 46s. However the live broadcasting will last 15 minutes in total. There will be two live connections on March 20th:

Connection 1: with a total duration of 5 minutes at 8:45-8:50 UT (9:45 to 9:50 CET) coinciding with the maximum of the partial occultation in Europe.
Connection 2: with a total duration of 10 minutes at 9:35-9:45 UT (10:35 to 10:45 CET) to encompass the period of total eclipse.

More information about the broadcasting can be found here.

Press release here.

Can find more information about the eclipse at F. Espenack’s website — NASA.

Comet C/2015 D1 — RU

The comet C/2015 D1 observed at the BOOTES-1 station.

The NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) detected an unusual comet skimming past the sun between Feb 18-21, 2015. The Comet C/2015 D1 (SOHO) is interesting because it is not part of any known family of comets. Furthermore, the vast majority of these sungrazer comets that come close enough to the sun usually evaporate in the intense sunlight. This comet passed within 3.5 million kms of the sun’s surface. Did it disintegrate as ISON comet in late 2013 or did survive to the heat of the Sun and gravitational tides?

Here is the answer: above is the 400 mm f2.8 combined image (19x30s) obtained on Feb 27, 2015 at the BOOTES-1 station. It reveals that the comet has survived the perihelion passage as a ghost comet, which means without an apparent nucleus. This is the first image obtained after the perihelion, as far as we know. Stay tuned for new observations!

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NEA candidate observed by GLORIA telescope — RU

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, 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 ( The putative position was calculated through a circular orbit approximation. The final report was sent to the Minor Planet Center (MPC — 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.

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Что такое GLORIA?

Аббревиатура GLORIA расшифровывается как «GLObal Robotic-telescopes Intelligent Array» — Глобальный Интеллектуальный Массив Роботических Телескопов. GLORIA станет первой свободной и открытой для всех сетью роботических телескопов в мире. GLORIA задумывается как среда на основе технологий Web 2.0, позволяющая пользователям вести собственные астрономические исследования, наблюдая на роботических телескопах и/или анализируя данные, полученные другими пользователями GLORIA либо доступные в других открытых базах данных, таких, как Европейская Виртуальная Обсерватория.

Кто и как сможет пользоваться сетью GLORIA?

Сообщество пользователей — самая важная часть проекта GLORIA. Если вы это читаете — значит, у вас есть веб-браузер и доступ к сети. Замечательно! Это значит, что вы можете стать пользователем сети GLORIA и получить возможность проводить наблюдения и ставить эксперименты. Фактически, GLORIA открыта для всех, интересующихся астрономией, а не только для профессиональных астрономов.

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Тринадцать телескопов, и это только начало

Проект GLORIA смог создать первую свободно доступную крупномасштабную сеть роботических телескопов, дающую любому пользователю возможность получать снимки неба и заниматься их изучением. Проект, стартовавший в 2011 году, объединяет 13 телескопов: пять в Испании, два в Чили, один в Аргентине, две в Чехии, один в Южной Африке и два в России. Вскоре их станет ещё больше. Заходите или регистрируйтесь на портале пользователе и начинайте использовать либо четыре ночных и один солнечный телескоп интерактивно, или же оставляйте заявки на неинтерактивные наблюдения на других телескопах.

Первая фаза проекта завершена (и все участники GLORIA благодарны за поддержку Седьмой рамочной программе Европейского Совета),  но это лишь начало пути GLORIA.

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