We are happy to announce the public release of Cazasteroides, an app aimed at the detection of asteroids. Visit www.cazasteroides.org for more information. The application has been designed as a video-game in order to make it more attractive. Active users are rewarded with points that can later be spent from the app for the teleoperation of the various astronomical experiments of the GLORIA network.
Have a look to the presentation video:
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).
Gaia on its way to L2, taken by Pi of the Sky in Huelva (Spain) on the 19th evening. Stack of 30 images of 10 second exposure each.
ESA’s Gaia mission is aimed to create the most accurate map yet of the Milky Way. By making accurate measurements of the positions and motions of 1% of the total population of roughly 100 billion stars, it will answer questions about the origin and evolution of our home Galaxy. The Soyuz launcher, operated by Arianespace lifted off at 09:12 GMT on Dec 19 with Gaia on board. A few hours after, one of the GLORIA telescopes, the Pi-of-the-Sky-North experiment at the BOOTES-1 astronomical station at ESAt/INTA-CEDEA in Huelva (Spain), recorded the spacecraft on its route towards an orbit around a gravitationally-stable virtual point in space called L2, some 1.5 million kilometres from Earth in the direction opposite to the Sun.
Comet ISON at seen by the SOHO satellite on November 29th at 6.30 UT. Credits: helioviewer.org.
Is this the end of comet ISON?
Comet ISON has failed to survive its perihelion intact? Yes, but something is still there.
A few signs of unhealthy behaviour were observed in the days before it made its closest approach to the Sun. Being so close to the Sun must have been very « stressful » and what is left (see image) could disappear to our eyes very soon. For the time being, let’s keep watching.
La comète C2012/S1 ISON: suivie aussi par GLORIA!
Comet ISON at dawn on November 21st (6:20 UT). The image was taken from the Teide Observatory (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias) with a digital camera (Canon 5D-MII, 85mm lens) and an exposure time of about 6 seconds. The brightest object in the image is the planet Mercury, while at the bottom center, just above the sea of clouds, the peaks of the Gran Canaria island are visible. Credits: J.C. Casado, iac.es.
Durant son voyage vers le Soleil, la comète C2012/S1 ISON deviendra de plus en plus brillante, mais sera aussi de plus en plus difficile à observer depuis la Terre en raison de sa proximité avec le soleil.
En ce moment, la comète peut être observée au dessus de l’horizon est, juste avant le lever du Soleil. Voir le modèle 3D.
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View the timelapse from the Teide observatory on YouTube:
November 21st, 2013
November 22nd, 2013