The online Slooh Community Observatory will host live webcasts Thursday (July 28) at and 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on Friday) about the annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which peaks overnight Thursday to Friday (July 29). Preview Story: Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight: Slooh Webcast
The shows will feature live views from telescopes in the Canary Islands, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. 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.
"This annual meteor shower is best for observers in the Southern Hemisphere, and more southerly regions of the Northern Hemisphere, but no matter where you are, you can watch the shower on Slooh. The live feeds will be anchored by a new low-light meteor camera at Slooh’s flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. Live meteor views will also be provided from Slooh’s headquarters in Washington Depot, CT, as well as partners at the UK Meteor Observation Network and the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory in Thunder Bay, Canada.
"During the live show, host Paul Cox will be joined by Slooh Astronomers Bob Berman and Eric Edelman, who will take viewers on a stargazing adventure, presenting a wide variety of perspectives on the meteor shower experience. Viewers will learn all about what causes meteor showers, how comets are involved, and will hear the ancient tale of the constellation of Aquarius.
"It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what causes the Delta Aquarids. Some astronomers suspect the event happens when the Earth passes through a stream of debris left by the periodic Comet 96/P Machholz (captured in Slooh’s observatories in the image above). The comet was only discovered in 1986 by Sloohmember Don Machholz, though the meteor shower has been observed since at least the 1870s.
"For those viewers who don’t want to wait, an early broadcast of the Delta Aquarids will begin at 8 am EDT on July 28th, courtesy of Weathernews Japan."
Viewers can join in on the stargazing fun by sending their questions and observations to our host on Twitter with @Slooh, or by using the live chat room on Slooh.com.