News

  • On June 30th, the National Observatory of Athens and the Youth Cultural Society of Kryoneri hosted an open night for Asteroid Day 2017 at Kryoneri Observatory. Over 400 people attended the event, which included a tour of the 1.2m Kryoneri telescope, viewing of the Moon, planets and other celestial objects through telescopes set up by members of the Hellenic Astronomical Union, and talks by Dr. Bonanos on the danger posed by near-earth asteroids and by Dr. Dapergolas on the Kryoneri telescope. [20 July 2017]
  • Kryoneri Observatory has resumed regular operations as of March 2017, with the start of the 22-month NELIOTA lunar monitoring campaign. NELIOTA has so far detected 5 lunar impact flashes with the upgraded 1.2m Kryoneri telescope. More information on the status of the project and the parameters of all flashes can be found on the NELIOTA website. [April 20 2017]
  • The NELIOTA project has completed its 2-month commissioning phase, which started in January 2017. The lunar observations are being used to validate the performance of the software and fine-tune the detection algorithm. The 22-month observational campaign will begin on March 21, 2017. An image of the non-illuminated side of the Moon obtained by NELIOTA on February 1, 2017 is shown. [6 March 2017]
  • The NELIOTA project has passed the first acceptance test by ESA, demonstrating a successful integration of the NELIOTA software to the system. The next couple months will involve futher tests to evaluate the performance of the telescope and prime focus instrument, as well as lunar monitoring observations to validate the performance of the software. [2 November 2016]