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The spectrum of the supernova SN 2014J measured

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Taurus Hill Observatory research team measured the spectrum of the supernova SN 2014J. For measurement the THO research team used SBIG STT-8300M -camera, StarAnalyser100 spectrum lattice and Rspec-program. The image shows clearly the typical Ia-type of supernova spectrum, including the Si-II absorbtion line with wavelength of 6100 Angstrom. This is caused by fusion of the […]

Supernova SN 2014J photographed at THO

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It has been a while since THO research team photographed supernovae. Here is a picture about the supernova SN 2014J, located in M82, taken by Veli-Pekka Hentunen in Taurus Hill Observatory. According to Veli-Pekka’s picture, the brightness of the supernova was about 10,92 magnitudes (CR, comparison star NOMAD1 1596-0106875).

Comet Lovejoy photographed at THO

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Lovejoy has been in “shadow” of the comet ISON in media. Still Lovejoy is a very good comet for binocular observations and it is easier to find from the sky at the moment. Veli-Pekka Hentunen from the Taurus Hill Observatory research team managed to take the following photograph from the comet Lovejoy 26.11.2012 about 01:00-02:00 (Finnish time). […]

Exoplanet KOI1540 observed at THO

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Observed by Kepler-satellite, but still marked as unconfirmed exoplanet, the KOI1540 was observed at Taurus Hill Observatory 3.-4.10.2013. The transit of the exoplanet last about 154 minutes and it dimmed the brightness of the mother star about 54 mmag. The star that KOI1540 rotates is quite dim, only 15,56 magnitudes. Overall THO research team took […]

Bright fireball photographed.

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On Tuesday 10.9. about 02:06 (Finnish time) Taurus Hill Observatory all sky -camera photographed a very bright fireball (meteor). The brightness of the fireball was about same than full Moon has. The fireball exploded and left about 30 degree long “smoke tail” that was visible about 25 minutes after exlosion. At the same night (3:29 […]

GRB130831A observed and photographed at THO.

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THO reasearch team managed to observe and photograph the after glow of the GRB 130831A about 7 hours after Swift-telescope discovered it. Markku Nissinen and Harri Vilokki took photos that clearly shows the GRB. The exopsure times were 600 seconds and according the measurements the brightness of the GRB was about 18.01 magnitudes. The measurements […]

Nova Delphini 2013 Observations Summary.

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Nova Delphini 2013 was one of the positive surprises of the late summer 2013. The maximum brightness of the nova was about 4 magnitudes and the best thing was that the nova was in very “good position” on the sky here in Finland. THO research team member Jari Juutilainen observed nova several times and here […]

New CCD camera for Taurus Hill Observatory.

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The new CCD camera of the Taurus Hill Observatory has arrived. Camera is the latest SBIG model STT-8300M that includes self guiding filter wheel. In this filter wheel there are eight slots for 1,25″ sized filters. The filter wheel is very precise so when changing the filter, you don’t have to refocus the telescope and […]