It's Summer! Celebrate the Solstice and Plan for the Eclipse with Slooh Webcast

Bill Nye, summer solstice
On June 21, Slooh will feature Bill Nye and Phil Plait in a webcast that will spotlight the summer solstice and the upcoming total solar eclipse. (Image credit: Slooh)

Looking for a way to celebrate the summer solstice and preview the biggest astronomical event this year? Tune in to the Slooh online community observatory's webcast today (June 21), which will feature fun facts and viewing information about the solstice and the total solar eclipse that will occur on Aug. 21 — the first such total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States since 1979. 

The hourlong livestream starts at 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT, or 2100 GMT). You can watch the livestream on, or here on, courtesy of Slooh.

Slooh astronomer Eric Edelman will host today's show, according to a statement from Slooh. It will also feature appearances from Bill Nye, TV's famous "Science Guy" and CEO of The Planetary Society; and Phil Plait, author of "Death from the Skies!" and the blog "Bad Astronomy," hosted on Slate; as well as Slooh team members. [Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)]

Also joining the webcast will be meteorologist Ari Sarsalari, a severe weather expert and host of The Weather Channel's "The Ari Effect"; Matt Penn, of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment; and Paige Godfrey, Slooh's director of research. 

The live event will feature views of the sun streamed from Slooh's observatory partners, with close-ups from Prescott Observatory in Prescott, Arizona, and wide-angle views from New York, Chicago, Seattle and Hawaii. 

Sarsalari will help viewers choose the best eclipse-viewing locations, by looking at which locations are most likely to have cooperating weather in August. The other guests will share their appreciation for the eclipse. In addition, Slooh will preview its three-day eclipse celebration, which will take place in Stanley, Idaho starting Aug. 18. That area will experience 2 minutes and 13 seconds of totality.

Penn's organization plans to set up a group of 60 telescopes run by amateurs and professionals to study the inner corona, part of the sun's atmosphere, during the eclipse, according to the statement from Slooh.

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Jesse Emspak is a freelance journalist who has contributed to several publications, including, Scientific American, New Scientist, and Undark. He focuses on physics and cool technologies but has been known to write about the odder stories of human health and science as it relates to culture. Jesse has a Master of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester. Jesse spent years covering finance and cut his teeth at local newspapers, working local politics and police beats. Jesse likes to stay active and holds a fourth degree black belt in Karate, which just means he now knows how much he has to learn and the importance of good teaching.