The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast tonight (June 30) at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) with a panel of asteriod experts to celebrate Asteroid Day. Over the course of the four hour webcast, experts will discuss how researchers track potentially hazardous asteroids, the current state of asteroid research as well as how giant near-Earth objects are both threats and opportunities. You can watch live here at Space.com, in the window below,, courtesy of Slooh. You can also go to Slooh.com to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh's telescopes.
"The live show kicks off at 7 PM EDT, featuring Slooh Astronomers, Paul Cox, Bob Berman and Eric Edelman who will revisit some of our favorite asteroids as they made their close approach to Earth, including Toutatis, The Beast, Apophis, Pitbull, and Spooky. We’ll demonstrate how Slooh members track and discover asteroids using Slooh’s Observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. Over the course of the night, we’ll analyze the threat posed by Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) and break down the politics of asteroid tracking. We’ll review NASA’s efforts to detect asteroids, including an aborted partnership with the B612 Foundation, which had planned to launch an infrared space telescope into orbit around the Sun to detect asteroids that are impossible to see from Earth. Paul Cox will also be speaking with Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, who recently reported that some of the results previously published on NASA’s NEOWISE asteroid survey mission are irreproducible and overstate the accuracy of estimated sizes for many smaller asteroids. Dr. Myhrvold is an accomplished inventor, scientist, technologist, entrepreneur, and author. In recent years, he has published original scientific research in astronomy, paleontology, and climate science.
"Slooh will also take a close look at opportunities presented by the millions of asteroids in our solar system. We’ll revisit one of our favorite asteroids, the $5 Trillion Asteroid, as we discuss the commercialization of asteroids, including very different approaches being taken by two pioneering companies; Planetary Resources is planning to visit asteroids to mine them for resources like water, while Made in Space plans to use materials found on asteroids to 3D print spaceships.
"We'll open the conversation up to the audience to address your concerns, taking questions from Twitter and our chatroom on Slooh.com. We'll also open up the discussion to the future of asteroid hunting, and present the possibility that asteroids may not be the biggest threat out there. Viewers can ask questions during the show on Twitter by sending them to @Slooh, or by using the chatroom on Slooh.com."