UPDATE: "Halloween pumpkin" video and images from Calar Alto

PortadaThis is an update from previous new. As told yesterday, an international group of researchers have observed the 2015TB145 NEO, also known as "The great Halloween pumpkin" with the 1.23m telescope and with PMAS instrument at 3.5m telescope. Here you have images and the video of the observations.

The image on the left shows the asteroid. If you click below on the "read more" button, you'll have access to a complete video.

 

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A group of researchers will observe "The great Halloween pumpkin" from Calar Alto tonight

Orbit-of-2015-TB145

The nights of October 30th and 31st are the best opportunity for studying this asteroid, which characteristics points that it could be an extinct comet.

The asteroid, with 400 meters wide, will be at about 480.000 km from Earth at its closest approach.

 

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Infrared ‘eye’ arrival completes CARMENES instrument, which will see its first light in November

nir1CARMENES, a spectrograph that will search for earth-like planets, is a unique instrument due to its stability, very high resolution and because it will observe at the same time in both the visible and infrared channels.

The infrared channel, developed at the Instituto de Astronfísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), will be tomorrow placed in its final location, at the 3.5m Calar Alto Observatory telescope.

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Calar Alto Observatory in the European Night of the researchers

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As it happened in 2014, Calar Alto Observatory has participated on the European Night of the researchers that took place last September 25, 2015.This year the participation consisted in two activities held in the Junta de Andalucía's Govern Delegation in Almería.

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