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The GLORIA Project makes available to internet users 13 robotic telescopes in three continents

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    Since 2011 our observatory is a member of GLORIA (GLObal Robotic telescopes Intelligent Array for e-Science) project - wide international collaboration of 13 scientific institutions from 8 countries aiming at opening public access to robotic telescopes, as well as propagating astronomy in general.

    The GLORIA Project offers Internet users the possibility of studying the sky from professional observatories. New telescopes are joining the former four telescopes which allowed to observe the night sky in real time since few months ago. The new eight telescopes will be used in queue mode, so the new users will be able to request the observations, with most of them being accomplished within a few days.

    GLORIA has succeeded in building up the first large scale robotic telescope network of free access, which will allow any user to provide scientific knowledge. The project, which was initiated in October 2011, makes use of thirteen telescopes: five in Spain, two in Chile, one in Argentina, two in the Czech Republic, one in South Africa and two in Russia. One of Russian instruments, MMT multichannel telescope, has recently been built by the collaboration including scientisis from our observatory.

    The project is also based in collective intelligence so the more data is gathered, the more knowledge will be obtained. Users will be able to research thanks to the proposed experiments, including the solar activity, the study and characterization of variable stars, etc. but also they will be able to propose their own research. They will be able to plan their observations using the GLORIA resources. The experiments are available at the users site of GLORIA.

    Finally, the Project has made a big effort regarding public outreach, especially amongst young people and children. On this way, some important astronomical events such as the Venus transit in 2012, the total solar eclipse in 2013 and the total lunar eclipse in 2014 have been broadcasted.

For more information on the access to telescopes and other GLORIA activities please go to the project web site.

    GLORIA is a three-year project financed by the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union (FP7/2007-2012) under agreement number 283783. The project, started in October 2011, involves 13 institutions from 8 countries. Please see gloria-project.eu/about/partners/.
    GLORIA stands for "GLObal Robotic-telescopes Intelligent Array". GLORIA will be the first free and open- access network of robotic telescopes in the world. It will be a Web 2.0 environment where users can do research in astronomy by observing with robotic telescopes, and/or by analysing data that other users have acquired with GLORIA,

Contact - Beskin G.
Fig.1. MMT multichannel telescope - one of 13 robotic instuments made available to Internet users by GLORIA project