News & Highlights
New multi-frame flash
On September 16, 2017, NELIOTA recorded a bright flash at the edge of the monitored area, which appeared on several frames. It was recorded on 7 I-band and 3 R-band images. Τhe animated gif shows the flash as recorded in the I-band. More details on this lunar impact flash are available here.
Asteroid Day 2017 at Kryoneri Observatory
On June 30th, the National Observatory of Athens and the Youth Cultural Society of Kryoneri hosted an open night for Asteroid Day 2017 at Kryoneri Observatory. Over 400 people attended the event, which included a tour of the 1.2m Kryoneri telescope, viewing of the Moon, planets and other celestial objects through telescopes set up by members of the Hellenic Astronomical Union, and talks by Dr. Bonanos on the danger posed by near-earth asteroids and by Dr. Dapergolas on the Kryoneri telescope.
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.