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Beginning tonight (Aug. 12) at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT), the Slooh online observatory will host a live webcast of the Perseid meteor shower, featuring telescope views from observatory locations in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
WASHINGTON DEPOT, CT – August 8th, 2019
On the night of August 12th, starting at 6 PM PDT | 9 PM EDT | 01:00 UTC, Slooh will livestream the Perseids Meteor Shower from observatory locations in North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe using special low-light video cameras. Slooh is celebrating the recent launch of its new website, two years in the making with funding support from the National Science Foundation, and featuring new education products for students to learn to explore space via Slooh’s global network of online telescopes.
The Perseids Meteor Shower is a favorite for many stargazers because it has more bright meteors than most showers – sometimes as many as 50-60 per hour under ideal conditions. However, this year is compromised by moonlight so only the brightest meteors will be visible until moonset. But Slooh’s special low-light video cameras will also detect fainter meteors – even against the bright moonlight.
Like most meteor showers, the Perseids are sand grain-sized debris shed from a comet, in this case, Comet Swift-Tuttle. As the Earth passes through the comet’s debris trail every year, some particles enter our atmosphere at astonishing speed and vaporize, generating the bright streaks we call meteors.
Slooh’s Chief Astronomical Officer, Paul Cox, said: “If viewers want to go meteor watching from their backyards this year, I recommend getting up early on the morning of August 13th rather than staying up late the previous night. That’s because the nearly Full Moon will block out all but the brightest meteors earlier in the night, but the Moon sets a couple of hours before dawn so skies will be darker making it easier to spot fainter meteors. We also see more Perseids in the hours before dawn because that’s when the Earth turns into the stream of particles from Comet Swift-Tuttle.”
Slooh will stream live feeds of the meteor shower hosted by Slooh Astrophysicist Dr Paige Godfrey, who will be joined by our team of astronomical experts and guests covering the science of comets and meteor showers, as well as how they have been perceived in history and culture. There will also be practical advice on how-to photograph and observe meteors.
Dr Godfrey said of the upcoming shower: “Some meteor showers produce great shows, others really test your patience while you lay on your front lawn in the middle of the night. But either way they remind us of the constant ebb and flow of the cosmos, as we get to witness the same spectacle year after year in the same parts of the sky.”
While viewers watch the live streams for fleeting meteors, Slooh’s telescopes, at its flagship observatory located at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, will be trained on galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and even a comet – the type of object responsible for most meteor showers! Slooh members can use our StarShare Camera to snap images from the live feeds.
Viewers can use the hashtag #Slooh on Twitter to ask questions during the show.
Announcing Slooh’s amazing new interface to space, featuring new educational products Classroom, Astronomy Club and Astrolab for students to learn to explore space via Slooh’s global network of online telescopes. Slooh makes a game of learning to explore space for students of all ages, without the requisite equipment or expertise on staff, and is an inspiring way for schools to incorporate astronomy into a STEAM curriculum and teach scientific reasoning. Slooh’s flagship observatory is situated at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), one of the finest observatory sites in the world. Slooh’s live coverage of celestial events including potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), comets, transits, eclipses, and solar activity are syndicated to media outlets from its partner observatories worldwide. Slooh was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation and is supported by investment from Connecticut Innovations.
Event Timing for the Night of August 12th, 2019:
Live Streams Commence: 6:00 PM PDT | 9:00 PM EDT | 01:00 UTC (13th)
Live Streams Ends: 9:00 PM PDT | 00:00 AM EDT | 04:00 UTC (13th)
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