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ESA press release: New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts
Using a system developed under an ESA contract, the Greek NELIOTA project has begun to detect flashes of light caused by small pieces of rock striking the Moon’s surface. NELIOTA is the first system that can determine the temperature of these impact flashes.
"Its large telescope aperture enables NELIOTA to detect fainter flashes than other lunar monitoring surveys and provides precise colour information not currently available from other projects," says Alceste Bonanos, the Principal Investigator for NELIOTA.
Read the whole press release here.
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.