MASCARA facts

Hours observed per night with MASCARA

Due to its design, MASCARA is less sensible to weather condition than other observing instruments. As a results, we may observe even when the sky is partially cloudy. The plot below shows for each camera the number of hours of observation per night. It is pretty easy to spot the seasonal day-night length variation this way

The Lovejoy comet in 2015

End of 2014 till April 2015, the comet Lovejoy 2014/Q2 was bright enough to be picked up by MASCARA. We don't have data earlier than February 2015, and unfortunately, the comet lodged itself nicely at the edge of three different cameras in March and later. However we have small movie of the comet during its visible fly-by over the West camera of MASCARA