Citizen Astronomy: Capturing a Snapshot of Pluto’s Atmosphere with Unistellar’s eVscope

Marseille and San Francisco, August 24th. Because Pluto is moving away from Earth, it is crucial that we take advantage of every opportunity we get to learn about the dwarf planet’s behavior and atmosphere. Unistellar, the start-up that developed the revolutionary light-amplified eVscope, is proud to announce that its digital compact telescope successfully detected and…

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Unistellar, France’s Largest Crowdfunded Technology Project, will be at Vivatech

Marseille and San Francisco, May 17. Citizen astronomy is coming to Vivatech! After its record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, the largest technology campaign in French history and one of the biggest ever seen in Europe, Unistellar will be at Vivatech 2018, France’s leading start-up event, to display its eVscope, a revolutionary digital telescope that is 100 times…

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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.

 

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