Marseille and San Francisco, October 7 Enjoying the colorful wonders of the Universe and contributing to space discoveries are now at hand in the Middle East. Unistellar, the New Astronomy pioneer, is announcing the availability of its revolutionary consumer digital telescopes and citizen science programs in this area, which will be showcased during the Dubai’s World Expo and the IAC congress.
The eVscope eQuinox on show in Dubai
This October, enjoy outer space from one of the world’s biggest cultural events: the Dubai World Expo, where visitors will enjoy the complete New Astronomy experience, from taking a colorful tour of deep space, visiting galaxies and nebulae, to contributing to citizen science by detecting extraterrestrial objects such as asteroids and exoplanets.
On the nights of October 20th, 22nd and 23rd, the France Pavilion, usually one of the most visited during World Expos, will host live outer space observation sessions using an eVscope eQuinox. Benefiting from Unistellar’s light pollution reduction technology, the eVscope eQuinox will allow visitors to explore distant galaxies and nebulae, live and from the heart of the city.
For those who wish to continue their cosmic exploration, Unistellar’s digital telescopes can now be bought in the area: Virgin Megastores is selling the eVscope eQuinox, both in Dubai and Abu Dhabi malls, and on their online store.
Citizen Science from Middle East
Also starting in October, citizen astronomers from the Unistellar network in the Middle East will be able to participate in groundbreaking citizen science campaigns. Localized predictions to aid in the detection of exoplanets and asteroids are now publicly available on Unistellar’s website. In the near-term, users can help observe and better identify the asteroids to be visited by NASA’s Lucy Mission, scheduled to launch on October 16. In fact, the very first occultation by one of these asteroids, called Orus, was detected from Oman by a Unistellar telescope.
Citizen science achievements from the Unistellar Network will also be highlighted in Dubai during the International Astronautical Congress, the world’s premier space event. Franck Marchis, Unistellar’s Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Planetary Astronomer at the SETI Institute, and Domingos Barbosa, Senior Researcher at Portugal’s Instituto de Telecomunicações, will present two talks about the first results achieved by the Unistellar’s network. Franck Marchis will also host a Unistellar telescope’s demonstration at IAC, during the CNES’s French Night private event on October 27.
“The Middle East is already an ambitious leader of the modern space revolution, as exemplified by the United Arab Emirates’s Hope Mars Mission, while its people have deep cultural connections to the cosmos” explains Laurent Marfisi, Chief Executive Officer, Unistellar. “We are thrilled to extend the Unistellar network to a new area, during Dubai’s World Expo, fostering new outer space observations and citizen science discoveries”.
Unistellar is the start-up behind the eVscope 2 and the eVscope eQuinox, the world’s most powerful and simple-to-operate digital telescopes that bring the wonders of the universe to life in seconds—even in light-polluted urban settings. Thanks to a partnership with the SETI Institute, these game-changing consumer telescopes allow users to become citizen scientists and contribute to cutting-edge research on exoplanet transits, asteroid occultations, comets, and much more.
Unistellar’s previous flagship telescope, named eVscope, received a CES Innovation Award in 2018 in the Tech for a Better World category and was nominated for a SXSW 2019 Innovation Award. More than 5,000 Unistellar digital telescopes are now operating in Europe, Japan, and North America, and their users are participating in an unprecedented observing experience.
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