Trieste Astronomical Observatory will host the first TANGO@INAF meeting, exploiting one of the major distributed control system developed in Europe. TANGO is an object oriented distributed control system using CORBA for synchronous and asynchronous communication and 0MQ for event based communication. TANGO has been adopted as framework for the development of the distributed archiving system NADIR on behalf of Italian Astronomical Archives (IA2) and it has been evaluated as common platform to be possibly adopted for the LMCs subsystems of SKA project.
Access to the meeting page.
Olimpiadi di astronomia 2014
Domenica 16 e lunedì 17 febbraio l’Osservatorio astronomico di Trieste organizza in città un’importante gara intellettuale per studenti dai 14 ai 17 anni. Si tratta della fase interregionale delle Olimpiadi italiane di astronomia, alla quale parteciperanno 36 ragazzi e ragazze selezionati nella fase preliminare, provenienti dal Triveneto, che si cimenteranno sulla risoluzione scritta di 5 problemi di astronomia generale in vista della promozione alla gara nazionale e alla eventuale partecipazione alle gare internazionali.
Observations enable first measurement of Dark Matter pressure
Read the press release.
The Planck space telescope and the related research was awarded a Physics World Top 10 Breakthrough of the Year 2013 out of a list of over 350 published in the journal physicsworld.com. Observatory's researchers expressed great satisfaction at the award to the research on Planck satellite and Planck data which has been carried out by a large number of astrophysicists for twenty years.
Link to the top 10 breakthough 2013
The space mission of the GAIA Observatory started
The GAIA satellite of the European Space Agency was successfully launched on 19th December at 10:12 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. GAIA will survey with great accuracy the position of about one billion stars to make a three-dimensional map of our Galaxy and to study its origin and evolution.
Italy is strongly involved in the mission with the participation of eight Institutes of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).
For futher information:
Gaia launch - Lift-Off (ESA video)
GAIA, appuntamento con la storia (MEDIA INAF)
Planck: lights have been switched off but the party goes on
The satellite which has produced the most detailed map of the child Universe has been completely switched off. The collected information will require years of work to be fully exploited.
Press release (Italian)
For further information:
Planck at a glance (ESA)
Planck end (MEDIA INAF)
Good bye Margherita!
The death of Margherita Hack left deep emptiness, both moral and human, in all of us at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste. Margherita was director of the Observatory from 1964 to 1987. In the course of her long directorship she took up the reins of Astronomical Research in Trieste and transformed a small provincial Observatory into a modern International Research Institute. This was possible because her personality was a unique union of overflowing passion for research, great manager skills and steady character.
Speaker: Gabrijela Zaharijas (ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
Comet ISON did not make it (November 2013)