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The online observatory Slooh.com will host a free live webcast for International Observe the Moon Night 2018 today (Oct. 20) at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT on Oct. 21). Slooh is also hosting a contest for the best moon live video from viewers during the event. Watch it live here in the window above, courtesy of Slooh, or directly on Slooh.com.
Slooh will host a livestream of International Observe the Moon Night, featuring live telescope feeds of the Moon from amateur astronomers around the world, in addition to its own live feeds from its flagship observatory situated at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and its observatory at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile.
Slooh challenges its global community to share live feeds of the Moon which will be incorporated into the show, by posting a link to their video feed on Twitter with @slooh in the tweet. Slooh hosts with support from the audience will judge the best feeds which will be announced at the end of the show. Criteria for selecting the winners will be based on most exotic locale, best background scenery and sharpest live imagery of the Moon. The winners will be featured on the Slooh website and receive a copy of Slooh’s anthology of short fiction about space, entitled, The Saturn Above It.
"There is no better way to come together as Earthlings than to look up at the same sky," says Slooh astronomer, Dr. Paige Godfrey. "So we are challenging our community to show us how you observe the Moon and let us share it with the world.” Since its start in 2010, International Observe the Moon Night has been celebrated in more than 40 countries.
Paige Godfrey will talk in depth about our closest neighbor, the only other celestial body humans have stepped foot on. We will cover the Moon’s importance throughout history as an inspiration for storytelling and mythmaking. Slooh’s ongoing coverage of the Moon has included feeds from observatory partners all over the world, including the 2016 Indonesian Solar Eclipse, the Transcontinental Solar Eclipse, and the 2018 Perseids Meteor Shower.
Viewers can use the hashtag #ObserveTheMoon to ask questions during the show.
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