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Gianluca Masi

Asteroid close encounter January 26: How to watch online

Asteroid close encounter today! Near-Earth asteroid (2023 BU) will pass safely 2,174 miles (3,500 km) away from Earth. Details here on how to watch online.

Epic! Orion moonship imaged from Earth

Orion moonship imaged when it was still more distant from Earth than the moon on November 27, 2022. Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project reports.

Asteroid 2022 ES3 to pass within moon’s distance March 13

Near-Earth asteroid 2022 ES3 will have a close, safe encounter with Earth on March 13, 2022. Links to live viewing of the flyby, here.

Asteroid 2020 TF6 will come within 40% of moon’s distance on October 19

Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project captured an image of the asteroid last night.

Comet NEOWISE and globular star cluster M53

Comet NEOWISE is now heading out of the inner solar system. It probably can't be seen with the eye now, although large binoculars can still pick it up. Here's a beautiful telescopic image of the comet, near the globular star cluster M53.

Small asteroid passed extremely close July 28

The Mt. Lemmon survey discovered the asteroid on July 26. It was labeled near-Earth asteroid 2020 OY4. The asteroid then passed at about 11% of the moon's distance early in the day on July 28. The Virtual Telescope Project in Rome captured its image.

The shattered heart of comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS

Gianluca Masi in Rome wrote: "Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS, the one we were hoping to see putting on a great show, has shattered both its and our hearts. Its nucleus disintegrated and Saturday night I could see 3, possibly 4, main fragments."

Meet 2020 AV2, the 1st asteroid entirely within the orbit of Venus

It's difficult to see objects whose orbits are within that of Venus, because those objects always stay near the sun in our sky. Now, though, astronomers have spotted one!

Asteroid to sweep between moon and Earth tonight: How to watch online

Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome said he just managed to capture an image of a small asteroid - labeled 2019 UB8 - coming very close on October 29, at about half the moon's distance. Details here.

International Observe the Moon Night is October 5

International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our cultural and personal connections to the moon. In 2019, it comes on October 5. Here's how to join in.