Visiting the observatory

Every year hundreds of excursions are visiting the observatory. The visitors get information about achievements of the world and Lithuanian astronomy, take a look at the telescopes and their equipment. They also have a lecture, illustrated by wonderful photographs of various sky objects: planets, stars, nebulas, star clusters and galaxies, accompanied by space music.

The WET program discovers a new planet near old star

An international team of astronomers (including R. Janulis) is one step closer to answering the question, ‘Will the world end with a bang or a whimper?’ Using an array of telescopes around the globe, a team of 23 researchers led by Italian astronomer Dr Roberto Silvotti of the Observatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte in Naples has spent seven years investigating the pulses of the star V391 egasi. This international collaboration has resulted in the discovery of a new planet — Peg V392b — the oldest planet known so far in the universe. The observations were held all over the World. The Lithuanian astronomer R. Janulis observed in Molėtai astronomical observetory.

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