April 2, 2009

NASA to join 24-hour telescope Webcast

The U.S. space agency says it will take part in Around the World in 80 Telescopes -- a 24-hour Webcast that's part of the International Year of Astronomy.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the live Webcast, which begins Friday, will offer viewers a visit to some of the most advanced telescopes on and off the planet, including never-before-seen images.

NASA missions participating in the Webcast and the EDT broadcast times are: Hubble Space Telescope, 1:20 p.m. Friday; the Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer, 1:40 p.m.; the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, 2 p.m.; SOHO and TRACE spacecraft, 3:20 p.m.; STEREO spacecraft, 3:40 p.m.; the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), 4:20 p.m.; the Chandra X-ray Observatory, 4:40 p.m.; the Spitzer Space Telescope, 5:20 p.m.; and the Kepler space telescope, 3:05 a.m. Saturday.

The event is produced by the European Southern Observatory, from its headquarters in Garching, Germany.

Additional information, including the complete 24-hour schedule, is available at http://100hoursofastronomy.org/webcast.