At the meeting of the Executive board of the  BELISSIMA project held at AOB on April 21st, 2011 (participated: Dr. Srdjan Samurović, Dr. Zoran Knežević, Dr. Ištvan Vince, Dr. Milan Ćirković and Dr. Miroslav Mićić) the Board decided to fulfill the wish expressed by Dr. Luka Popović and to elect a new leader of the Work Package 3 (Human potential, training and public outreach). The  board unanimously decided to elect Dr. Miroslav Mićić who was hired at AOB since March 2011 within the scope of the BELISSIMA project. The Management board thanks Dr. Luka Popović for his collaboration.


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On the Web page “Robotic Telescope Projects” ( managed by Dr. Frederic Hessman there are at the time of this writing (beginning of May 2011) a list of 122 robotic telescope among which at the position 66 there is a telescope “Milanković”. This list includes the telescopes which already function, planned telescopes (such as “Milanković”) and the telescopes under construction. The “Milanković” telescope with its primary mirror of approximately 1.5m belongs to the upper 8% of telescopes with the diameter larger than 1.25m. Dr. Hessman is the project manager of the network of MONET telescopes ( He participated in the executive meeting of the BELISSIMA project held in Prokuplje in September 2010 and his presentation is here.



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Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade (AOB) was honored to host from March 28th to April 2nd 2011 the Greek colleague Dr. Zach Ioannou from Thessaloniki who came to Belgrade after the invitation of the BELISSIMA project. Dr. Ioannou is one of the creators of the Astronomical Station Orliakas, municipality Grevena and he has already collaborated with the BELISSIMA project: he participated in the executive meeting held in Prokuplje in September 2010 (his presentation is here.)


This time Dr. Ioannou came for two reasons: to help with the writing of the technical documentation regarding the construction and purchasing of the telescope "Milanković" and scientific collaboration with the Astronomical Observatory. He gave a very well attended talk at AOB with the title “Properties & Observations of Interacting Binary Stars”. The whole presentation (in pdf) can be accessed here.



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Within the scope of the Work Package 1 (WP1: “Preparations and reinforcement of AOB”) of the BELISSIMA project Dr. Miroslav Mićić was hired at AOB on March 16th, 2011. He has graduated from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Belgrade in 2001, and obtained his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Until the arrival at AOB he has been working as a research associate at the Vanderbilt University, USA, and Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney, Australia.


Dr. Miroslav Mićić is an expert in astrophysical simulations, astronomical data processing and visualization of astronomical data. His work will be invaluable both to the BELISSIMA project and AOB. Immediately after his arrival he has started with various activities. He initiated the collaboration with young researchers at AOB regarding starting various research projects with numerical astrophysical simulations. Dr. Mićić was appointed the head of the Work Package 3 (WP3: “Human potential, training, and public outreach”) of the BELISSIMA project (see the news). Also, Dr. Mićić together with Dr . Milan Bogosavljević has represented the BELISSIMA project in Niš and Petnica (see the news).



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Three collaborators of AOB and participants of the BELISSIMA project,  Dr Zorica Cvetković, Dr Rade Pavlović i Dr Oliver Vince visited from February 24th to 26th 2011 the Observatory Piszkesteto in the mountain Matra.  Their goal was to get acquainted with Andor iXon + 888 back-illuminated EMCCD camera.


Among the planned equipment at AOB there is also a purchase of the speckle interferometer  which will be mounted on the new "Milanković" telescope. This instrument will be used for the observations of visually binary stars with close components (the separation is less than 1 arcsec). The speckle interferometry is an observational technique of high angular resolution which is used to resolve close components of binary stars and is used for the determination of their relative coordinates. The speckle interferometer is made of several components, and the main part is a fast CCD camera  which may make shots in small time intervals (order of several milliseconds).


The visit was organized by Dr Tibor Hegedus, from Baja Astronomical Observatory and on this occasion, 5000 shots of one binary star were made in several minutes.


The results of this visit were presented at the Journal Club held at AOB on March, 13th 2011.


Left to right: Dr. Oliver Vince, Dr. Zorica Cvetković and Dr. Rade Pavlović at the Observatory Piszkesteto.


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