(Update for 11 pm ET: Slooh's webcasts have concluded.) The online Slooh Community Observatory will host live, back-to-back webcasts on Friday (Feb. 10) to discuss the first lunar eclipse of the year and the close approach of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusáková. At 10:30 p.m. EST (0330 GMT), Slooh will focus on Comet 45P, which will come closer to Earth than any other comet in the last 34 years. You can 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 webcasts will stream live in the window below, courtesy of Slooh. Full Guide: When to See the 'Snow Moon' Eclipse | What to Expect | U.S. Weather Forecast
During the live show, Slooh astronomers and experts will take a look at the science of comets and their history in human society. Historically, comets have primarily been viewed as omens, warnings that the gods have become displeased with the world of men. Others, like Genghis Kahn, saw them as a different kind of omen, a message from the gods that it was time to go to war.
Slooh is also inviting audience members to become part of both live shows by snapping their own images of the lunar eclipse and Comet 45P and sending them to @Slooh on Twitter for a chance to be featured in the live show. Viewers can also tweet their questions and comments during the live shows, or participate in the live chat on Facebook.
Snow Moon Lunar Eclipse Webcast
On Friday, February 10th, at 5:30 pm EST (2230 GMT), Slooh will host a special double feature of the penumbral lunar eclipse and the close approach of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusáková. Both shows will be anchored by live feeds from Slooh’s flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. Eastern with the start of the penumbral lunar eclipse. Slooh will provide a live feed of the first half of the eclipse, accompanied by musical selections. A live broadcast featuring Slooh astronomers and experts will begin at 7:30 pm EST, covering the moment of maximum eclipse. It featuring discussion about the importance of the Moon and eclipses to ancient cultures, why lunar eclipses always occur within two weeks of a solar eclipse, and the differences between penumbral and total lunar eclipses. The live show will be followed by a live feed of the second half of the eclipse from Slooh’s observatories.