Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

New Consumer Telescope Will Help Astronomers Probe Exoplanets

Marseille and San Francisco, June 27. Unistellar is proud to announce that the eVscope, its revolutionary and powerful new consumer telescope, has demonstrated the ability to detect transiting exoplanets. This will allow citizen astronomers who soon receive the first eVscopes to begin contributing—easily but decisively—to one of the most exciting scientific endeavors in astronomy today:…

Intriguing pair of satellites caught with the eVscope

If you often look at the evening dark sky in a clear area far away from the city, you have probably seen a speck of light which moves with respect to the star, that’s probably a distant satellite that shines because it reflects the light of the sun at high altitude. According to NASA’s Orbital Debris Program office, there are an  about 21,000 large debris (>10 cm) and satellites orbiting around Earth right now, so much more than you can see with your naked eye.

The eVscope is designed to pinpoint and image Deep Sky Objects (nebulae, galaxies), but we have already shown its potential to observe dwarf planet like Pluto, as well as asteroid like Florence. Because the telescope can image targets as faint as those astronomical bodies, we thought that it will also be able to image small satellites and debris as well passing serendipitously in the field of view. This is what happened a few days ago.