News & Highlights
ESA extends the NELIOTA project to 2021
We are happy to announce the extension of the NELIOTA project to January 2021. Given the successful operation of the project and the detection of 55 lunar impact flashes to date, ESA has decided to continue the project by funding 24 additional months of lunar monitoring observations with the Kryoneri telescope in order to increase the impact statistics. The following press releases published today by ESA: “Learning from Lunar Lights" and Andor Technology: "Andor Zyla sCMOS Astronomy cameras capture lunar impacts" describe the main results of the project so far, as published in Xilouris et al. (2018, A&A, 619, 141) and announce the project extension. The image shows the location on the Moon of the 55 impact flashes detected to date by NELIOTA.
Multi-frame flash detected on September 5, 2018
On September 5, 2018, NELIOTA recorded a bright flash, which was caught before maximum and appeared on several frames. It was recorded on 12 I-band and 4 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.
NELIOTA: second scientific publication
The second scientific publication of the NELIOTA project was accepted in Astronomy & Astrophysics on August 31, 2018 and is titled “NELIOTA: The wide-field, high-cadence lunar monitoring system at the prime focus of the Kryoneri telescope". The paper presents the NELIOTA system deployed on the refurbished 1.2 m Kryoneri telescope, the NELIOTA software, instrument performance and results of the first year of NELIOTA observations. NELIOTA is the first astronomical system to use sCMOS detectors at a fast-frame rate. Our observations so far suggest a detection rate of 1.96 × 10−7 events km−2 h−1.