News & Highlights
First lunar flashes detected by NELIOTA
We are proud to announce that NELIOTA has so far detected 5 lunar flashes. Parameters of all flashes are available via the Data Access page of the NELIOTA website. The brightest flash detected so far peaked at 6.7 mag in R and 6.0 mag in I and had a duration of 0.13 seconds, while the faintest flash peaked at 10.0 mag in R and 8.7 mag in I and lasted 0.03 seconds.
NELIOTA commissioning phase completed
The NELIOTA project has completed its 2-month commissioning phase, which started in January 2017. The lunar observations are being used to validate the performance of the software and fine-tune the detection algorithm. The 22-month observational campaign will begin on March 8, 2017. An image of the non-illuminated side of the Moon obtained by NELIOTA on February 1, 2017 is shown.
NELIOTA passed ESA acceptance test
The NELIOTA project has passed the first acceptance test by ESA, demonstrating a successful integration of the NELIOTA software to the system. The next couple months will involve futher tests to evaluate the performance of the 1.2m Kryoneri telescope and prime focus instrument, as well as lunar monitoring observations to validate the performance of the software.