December 2017 Update

Dear Kickstarter Backers, The ride was epic, you were the energy that made this project better than we ever imagined it could be. On the top of that, you also gave us lots of useful suggestions and comments. Thanks, merci, and gracias! Our growing team of engineers and developers has entered a brainstorming phase and…

Intriguing pair of satellites caught with the eVscope

If you often look at the evening dark sky in a clear area far away from the city, you have probably seen a speck of light which moves with respect to the star, that’s probably a distant satellite that shines because it reflects the light of the sun at high altitude. According to NASA’s Orbital Debris Program office, there are an  about 21,000 large debris (>10 cm) and satellites orbiting around Earth right now, so much more than you can see with your naked eye.

The eVscope is designed to pinpoint and image Deep Sky Objects (nebulae, galaxies), but we have already shown its potential to observe dwarf planet like Pluto, as well as asteroid like Florence. Because the telescope can image targets as faint as those astronomical bodies, we thought that it will also be able to image small satellites and debris as well passing serendipitously in the field of view. This is what happened a few days ago.

Questions for the Founders

What was your initial motivation for creating Unistellar? Classical telescopes are great for viewing the four main planets—Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn—but even expensive, high-end devices don’t allow us to see much beyond that, and totally miss the truly awe-inspiring colors and details of many deep-space objects. While astronomy remains hugely popular as a hobby,…