Category Archives: Space Debris Observation

CastelGAUSS Project presented at IAC 2018

On October 4, at the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2018), a GAUSS collaborator – Sergei Schmalz, Astronomer of KIAM Institute – involved in CastelGAUSS Project, gave an interactive presentation on the present results of the ISON-Castelgrande Observatory, during the session dedicated to the area of Space Debris (16th IAA Symposium on Space Debris).  CastelGAUSS Observatory (located in Basilicata […]

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CastelGAUSS first successful observation of a GRB’s optical afterglow

GAUSS and KIAM collaborators, working in the CastelGauss Project at the Astronomical Observatory of Castelgrande (in Basilicata Region, Italy, part of the ISON Network), have performed an optical observation of the field of GRB 180720B on July 20, 2018, detecting optical afterglow with their 22-cm aperture telescope and obtaining a large number of images. The coordinates of the identification are J2000 […]

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CastelGauss Observatory was assigned an MPC code

Now GAUSS Observatory of Castelgrande has an MPC code!  The MPC is the 3-digit unique identifier designated by the Minor Planet Center to the astronomical observatories, in order to list them in a worldwide register and ease the report of their astrometric observation. The site code of ISON-Castelgrande Observatory is L28 and its geographical coordinates are 15.46339 […]

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Press Coverage of GAUSS monitoring Tiangong-1

The notable picture of the Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1, captured by GAUSS between Saturn and Mars while passing over Italy during its descent to re-enter the Earth atmosphere, on March 31, has been reported in many news.  GAUSS newsworthy snapshot of the spacecraft re-entry can be considered one of the most effective images of space debris monitoring.  In fact, […]

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UPDATED: GAUSS is monitoring Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 reentry

GAUSS has been actively monitoring the descent and reentry of the Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1, using CastelGAUSS Observatory. The image shown has been captured today, March 31 2018, 03:50:28 UTC, with an exposure of 0.5 seconds. The Space Station is the bright pattern, while the point north of it is Saturn, Mars is down to the […]

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Astronomical Observation from Castelgrande Observatory

  As part of the CastelGauss Project, Castelgrande Observatory is up and running, detecting space objects and determining their orbits, through ground-based optical telescope and radars.  The work on the 22-cm telescope performed observations of various asteroids and provided astrometric measurements.  Especially during this winter clearest nights, sky observations executed by GAUSS collaborator Sergei Schmalz […]

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