News - Events

  1. "Observations of an occultation by Triton"

    On October 5th, both the 2.3-meter Aristarchos and 1.2-meter Kryoneri telescopes took part in observations of the occultation of Neptune's moon Triton, for a campaign led by Dr. Bruno Sicardy and the "Lucky Star" team of the Paris Observatory, France. The RISE2 fast-frame camera on Aristarchos and the NELIOTA fast-frame cameras at Kryoneri were both used successfully to observe the occultation.

    | 07/10/2017 |
  2. "Advanced Solar Particle Events Casting System (ASPECS)"

    IAASARS/NOA is leading the research project ASPECS (Advanced Solar Particle Events Casting System), funded by the European Space Agency ( ESA ) that will develop an pre-operational web based tool which will advance the technology development of a Solar Particle Radiation Advanced Warning System (SAWS) and will combine outputs from modules providing forecasts of solar phenomena, solar proton event occurrence and solar proton flux and duration characteristics, tailored to the needs of different spacecraft and launch operators. This activity shall improve on the precursor developments particularly in terms of the clarity of output forecasts for end users. Forecasts shall be made available through a web interface appropriate for end users and more detail for advanced space weather forecasters. A thorough validation process shall provide results on the system's forecasting accuracy and shall be used to tailor the modules and the use of different data sources and algorithms for different forecast horizons and SEP energies. Partners in this activity are the University of Turku (FI), the Universitat de Barcelona (ES), the BIRA-IASB (B) and the SPARC G.P. (GR).

    Find more information on the ASPECS project here.

    | 13/07/2017 |
  3. ""Asteroid Day 2017" at Kryoneri Observatory"

    The National Observatory of Athens and the Cultural Society of Youth in Kryoneri are hosting a public event for Asteroid Day 2017 on Friday, June 30 at Kryoneri Observatory. Starting at 8pm, visitors will be given a tour of the Observatory where they will learn about the telescope. At 9:15pm there will be a presentation on the danger posed by near-earth asteroids, as well as the new research program NELIOTA. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the Moon, planets and other celestial objects of the night sky through telescopes set up by amateur astronomers!

    For more information visit:

    | 15/06/2017 |
  4. "ESA press release: "New NELIOTA project detects flashes from lunar impacts""

    Using a system developed under an ESA contract, the Greek NELIOTA project has begun to detect flashes of light caused by small pieces of rock striking the Moon's surface. NELIOTA is the first system that can determine the temperature of these impact flashes...

    Read the whole press release here.

    | 24/05/2017 |
  5. "The PRE-TECT campaign - Revealing the secrets of desert dust"

    PRE-TECT is an atmospheric experiment organized by the National Observatory of Athens in the framework of the ACTRIS. The experiment will take place from 1st 30th April 2017, aiming to advance desert dust characterization from remote sensing measurements. It will employ advanced inversion techniques developed in the framework of ACTRIS, focusing on aerosol absorption and aiming to fulfil the objectives of the ACTRIS JRA1 activity ("Improving the accuracy of aerosol light absorption determinations"). The specific aim of the campaign is to validate the remote sensing retrievals against surface and airborne in-situ measurements. The campaign is framed by a number of parallel activities. Learn more.

    | 24/02/2017 |
  6. "IAASARS celebrates the vasilopita cutting ceremony"

    On Tuesday, January 31st, at 1:30pm, IAASARS held its vasilopita cutting ceremony on the occasion of the New Year. Over 80 members of the Institute celebrated the New Year with the traditional cutting of the vasilopita, followed by a luncheon.

    | 03/02/2017 |
  7. "Globe at night..."

    IAASARS is organizing the international citizen-science campaign "Globe at Night" in Greece in 2017. The campaign aims to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists, and especially students, to measure & submit their own night sky brightness observations. Anyone can participate by observing known constellations and reporting their observations online. More information is available here.

    | 21/01/2017 |
Main page
NOA Webpage


News Archive

National Observatory of Athens
Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications & Remote Sensing
Vas. Pavlou & I. Metaxa, 15236 Penteli, Greece