The planet Uranus will slip behind the moon today (June 11) in a celestial event known as an occultation, and you have a chance to watch it live online.
The online Slooh Community Observatory will stream live telescope views of Uranus as it is blocked by the moon in a free webcast at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) that can be seen at the Slooh website: http://www.slooh.com.
You can also watch the Uranus webcast on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. The webcast will feature live views from Slooh's partners in Australia, since the Uranus occultation will only be visible from there and New Zealand.
"Whether we call it an occultation, eclipse or photobomb, it's a very cool event when the moon covers up that strange, green often mispronounced world," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement. "Watching Uranus telescopically vanish behind the detailed sunlit portion of the moon and then suddenly emerge from the lunar dark side should be pretty dramatic."
Berman and Slooh host Erid Edelman will provide live commentary of the occultation of Uranus. Viewers can submit questions about the event live on Twitter using the hashtag #UranusPhotobomb.
While observers outside of Australia and New Zealand will not be able to see the occultation of Uranus, they may be able to see Uranus near the crescent moon in a telescope, depending on local weather and night sky light pollution conditions.
"This presents an excellent opportunity to spot this distant ice giant with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope," Slooh representatives wrote in a skywatching alert.
Editor's note: If you observe Uranus near the moon in a telescope and capture an amazing view that you'd like to share with Space.com, you can send in photos and comments to managing editor Tariq Malik at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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