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The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast Thursday (Jan. 12) about the full moon of January, which is known as the "Wolf Moon." The show begins at 8:30 p.m. EST (0130 on Jan. 13 GMT) and will be streamed live on Slooh.com. The broadcast will also appear in the window below, courtesy of Slooh, when the time comes:    

From Slooh release:

On Thursday, January 12th, at 5:30 PM PST | 8:30 PM EST | 01:30UTC (International Times: http://bit.ly/2ifpObS), Slooh will give into their animal instincts and point their telescopes at the Full Wolf Moon, exploring the historical and the mystical tales surrounding this nightly visitor. The livestream will be anchored by live views from Slooh’s telescopes in the Canary Islands and Chile, and will also feature live feeds of real-life wolves.

During the show, Slooh host, Gerard Monteux will be joined by Slooh’s Human Spirit Correspondent, Helen Avery, to discuss how certain Native American tribes came to view wolves as extremely important to their culture. The January Moon gets its name, like many of the other moons, from those Native American tribes. During the winter months, it was usual to hear the wolves howling to their packs as they sought scarce prey. This was a warning to Native American villages who often found themselves competing with the wolves for the sparse resources.

Helen will also delve into the popular mythology of werewolves. Myths and legends surrounding wolves and their interaction with the moon run deep through a number of cultures. From werewolves to lupe-garu, the idea that the moon had an effect on men pops up in one form or another across the globe, dating back all the way to antiquity. Helen will explore a number of these tales throughout the show to help our viewers decide if they or their neighbors could be one of these mythical beasts.

Slooh astronomer Bob Berman will also be on hand to help viewers explore the moon itself and the myths surrounding its effect on humans (not just in the wolfy sense). He’ll also explain how this moon is usually one of the highest and brightest of the year.

Exploring the universe and the ways it has engaged and inspired humanity through the ages has long been the goal of Slooh. As part of that outreach, Slooh Astronomer Paul Cox was invited to speak at the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. During that presentation, Cox highlighted some of the amazing efforts the Slooh community has accomplished, and the many great things still to come, including the new Slooh website and brand new telescopes and observatories coming to Slooh’s global network.

Viewers can join in on the fun by howling at the moon, or by sending their questions and comments to @Slooh on Twitter, or by joining in the live chat on Facebook.    

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.

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