Proposals for observing programs at
are being submitted from 1 August till 10 September, 2015
Aluminium recoating of the 6-m telescope primary mirror is in progress
(from July 1 to August 5, 2015)
The International Conference
"The Present and Future of Small and Medium Size Telescopes"
(October, 19-22, 2015)
The International Workshop on
Quark Phase Transition in Compact Objects and Multimessenger Astronomy:
Neutrino Signals, Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts
(October, 7-14, 2015)
Two new LBV stars have been discovered in the Andromeda Galaxy.
Since the middle of the last century, only four such objects had been
known in this galaxy, they were discovered by American scientists
Edwin Hubble and Allan Sandage with colleagues. Astronomers from SAO
added two more stars to this list in 2015.
The March 20 total solar eclipse was visible over the North Atlantic
and Arctic Oceans. The partial phases were observed in Europe, the
western regions of Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East and partially
in the North Africa. In the Special Astrophysical Observatory it was
also partial with the Moon coverage of the Sun of less than 40%.
In January 2015 using the Mini-MegaTORTORA multichannel optical
sky-monitoring system with subsecond temporal resolution, the observations
of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) and asteroid 357439 2004 BL86 were carried out.
Our recent observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (August 29, 2014)
led to revealing a highly isolated dwarf spheroidal galaxy
a distance of 2.12±0.07 Mpc from the Milky Way. The dSph galaxy
locates on the southern sky
J2000.0) and has a stellar mass about 1/10000 of the Milky Way mass.