October 19, 2012
Astronomy Day Is Coming, And Slooh Is Offering Live Broadcasts
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Astronomy Day is taking place on Saturday, and one organization will be broadcasting live celestial programming to celebrate.
Slooh will be offering up 11 hours of free broadcasting of the cosmos, focusing on a particular topic or various celestial objects.
The organization said that Paul Cox will be hosting the 11-hour live extravaganza, accompanied by several guests like Bob Berman.
The broadcast will start by telling the story of our universe, illustrated with live images from Slooh's robotic telescopes.
On display will be ancient swarms of stars, galaxies merging, vast clouds of interstellar gas and dust, cataclysmic explosions of stars, and our own solar system.
"The world will be viewing live images of these and many other objects direct from Slooh´s Observatory at the world-class astronomical site in the Canary Islands," Slooh said in an emailed statement.
Bob Berman, author and Astronomy Magazine columnist, said it will be the first time in history people can observe dozens of full-color celestial objects in real time for free.
"This may mark a new era in the appreciation of our cosmos," Berman said in the press release.
Slooh has been known to offer up live, celestial event programming, including near-Earth asteroid fly-bys.
Live coverage of Saturday's event will begin at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, and will end 11 hours later at 2:30 a.m. eastern time.
Viewers can watch the live broadcast on their computers, or by using an Apple iOS or Google Android mobile device.