The Slooh community observatory will showcase the summer solstice today (June 21) and the upcoming Great American (or Transcontinental) Solar Eclipse at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). Watch live courtesy of Slooh. You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch this live show, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh's telescopes.
On Wednesday, June 21, at 2:00 PM PDT | 5:00 PM EDT | 21:00:00 UTC (International Times), The Planetary Society CEO, Bill Nye, and the Bad Astronomer himself, Phil Plait, will join Slooh to celebrate the Summer Solstice and look ahead to the biggest event of the year: the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st, which will be visible across the continental United States.
The live event will feature extraordinary views of the Sun streamed from Slooh observatory partners all over the world, including close-up views from Prescott Observatory in Prescott, Arizona, wide angle views from New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Hawaii, and other locations around the globe. Slooh regularly brings together feed partners from around the world, commanding a network of telescopes, cameras, and various high definition feeds from world-class observatories and amateur astronomers alike.
In addition to celebrating the day of the June Solstice, Slooh will preview 2017’s main event, the Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse, and look forward to their outdoor celebration for the Eclipse in Stanley, Idaho. Slooh is no stranger to the challenges of live streaming the biggest and most spectacular events in the sky. The company has been covering Total Solar Eclipses (as well as Partial and Annular Eclipses) for years, dispatching crews to cover them in person from locations including Kenya, the Faroe Islands, and Indonesia. These live events have been enjoyed by millions of viewers worldwide.
The June 21st show will be hosted by Slooh’s own Eric Edelman and will feature appearances by Slooh team members and special guests alike, sharing their appreciation of the Sun and August’s main event.
Popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Nye is an American science educator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is probably best known as the host of the PBS children's science show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” which ran from 1993–1998. Following the end of that program, Nye has made a number of public appearances as a speaker and educator. He is currently the CEO of The Planetary Society and the host of the Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World” which premiered in 2017.
Known to many as the “Bad Astronomer,” Phil Plait is a science communicator, astronomer, and author. He hosted the YouTube series “Crash Course Astronomy” and writes the popular Bad Astronomy blog where he discusses astronomy, space exploration, and other topics in the world of science.
Meteorologist, severe weather expert and host of The Weather Channel’s “The Ari Effect,” Ari Sarsalari will join Slooh to help viewers choose the best places in the country to view the eclipse. He’ll be taking a look across the United States to break down what locations are most likely to see the best solar show this August.
Matt Penn of the Citizen CATE Experiment
The Citizen CATE (Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment will be pulling out all the stops for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st. The organization is hoping to study the inner corona of the Sun’s atmosphere by stringing together a series of 60 telescopes all along the eclipse path. Those telescopes will be run by citizen scientists, high school groups, and universities.
Dr. Paige Godfrey
Dr. Godfrey is the newest addition to the Slooh team, serving as the Director of Research. In addition to leading the charge on all research and discovery work for the Slooh community, Dr. Godfrey also heads up the company’s Professional-Amateur collaborations.
The June 21st live show is just the beginning of the story, though, leading up to the main event two months later, on August 21st. That’s when a Total Solar Eclipse will sweep across the continental United States from coast-to-coast in a rare sight.
To mark the occasion, Slooh will be broadcasting live from the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch on eclipse day and invites current and new Slooh members to join us for a fun-filled 3-day event celebrating all things Sun and Moon. The cultural pot-luck will bring together diverse perspectives about space in anticipation of this momentous occasion. In keeping with its mission, Slooh will set the stage for the community to step forward and offer their own visions of the eclipse. We are open to the spiritual, the artistic, the imaginative, along with the scientific, just as members express themselves on the website every day together looking up at space through Slooh’s global network of telescopes.
Registration for the event is open and free to Slooh members. Space is still available at the Elk Meadows Campground, located in the Sawtooth National Forest. Join Slooh today and meet us in Stanley for the festivities! Click here for more information.