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Live Coverage of Saturn during Opposition

Saturday, May 10th
Coverage Starts 6:30 PM PDT / 9:30 PM EDT / 01:30 UTC (5/11)

On the night of May 10th, Saturn will be at its closest point to Earth for 2014 and the best it has appeared since 2007.  Slooh will broadcast the event live from telescopes located off the west coast of Africa in the Canary Islands on May 10th starting at 6:30 PM PDT / 9:30 PM EDT / 01:30 UTC (5/11) -  International Times. Viewers can watch free on Slooh.com. The live image stream of Saturn will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host Geoff Fox and Slooh astronomer Bob Berman. Viewers can ask questions during the show by using hashtag #Slooh .

This event will occur as the faster-moving Earth glides directly between slow-moving Saturn and the Sun. As a result, Saturn will be nearer to our planet than anytime in 2014. It will look at its biggest, show maximum detail through telescopes, and become brightest in the sky at magnitude +0.1. Slooh will use its Canary Island telescope to observe the giant ringed world, and "throw open" its doors for live viewing of this stunning planet.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and second largest, with a radius of about nine times the planet Earth. Saturn’s most pronounced features are its rings - made up of mostly water ice - which are thought to be only typically 30 feet (10 meters) thick. More than 60 moons are known to orbit this ringed gas-giant, some of which are especially intriguing - including Titan.  Titan is the second largest moon in our solar system behind Ganymede, and is bigger than the planet Mercury. Titan has a nitrogen-rich atmosphere that may have been similar to Earth's long ago.

Says Berman, "Saturn has not looked this good since 2007. That's because its rings assumed their edge-on orientation for several years, making telescope observation of ring detail impossible. Now they are splayed at such a gratifying tilt, they visually form a nearly unbroken structure completely around the body of the planet. We expect to easily see its famous inky-black Cassini division, situated between the A and B ring, where the ice-chunks that make up its rings have been swept clean by tidal meddling from its moon Mimas. Nearly everyone regards Saturn as the most beautiful planet in the known universe. On May 10, Slooh will let everyone to see it for themselves -- live."
 

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Astronomy Day Marathon: 11hrs of LIVE astronomy!

Everyone is welcome to our FREE public shows at slooh.com. Please spread the word!

To celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday October 20th, +Slooh Space Camera will be bringing you a marathon 11-hours of full-color live astronomy! Slooh's +Paul Cox will be telling the story of our Universe illustrated with live images from Slooh's robotic telescopes. There will also be the chance to win Slooh memberships to control Slooh's robotic telescopes! Coxy will also be sponsoring three classroom memberships to enable kids and their teachers to control the telescopes in real-time direct from their classrooms!

Live coverage begins on Saturday at 12:30PM PDT / 3:30PM EDT / 19:30UTC, and ends eleven hours later at 11:30PM PDT / 2:30AM EDT / 06:30UTC. International times here: http://goo.gl/LrBqS The broadcast will be split into separate shows, each focusing on a particular topic and various celestial objects.

From ancient swarms of stars as old as the Universe; to galaxies merging in huge cosmic collisions; vast clouds of interstellar gas and dust, where giant hot stars are bursting into life; through to the cataclysmic explosions of stars as they end their lives leaving beautiful nebulae filled with the building blocks for life; and of course our own solar system - with the gas giant Jupiter and attendant moons, ice giants Neptune and Uranus, and those intriguing left-overs of solar system construction - comets and Near-Earth Asteroids. We'll be viewing live images of these and many other objects direct from Slooh's Observatory at the world-class astronomical site in the Canary Islands.

You always know that the Slooh Space Camera images are live and in full color!

Did you know? .... If you have a Pinterest account, you can pin any of the live images straight to your pinboard!

More Information:
Event URL: http://events.slooh.com
Slooh Space Camera on G+: +Slooh Space Camera
Slooh Space Camera on Facebook: www.facebook.com/slooh
Slooh YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/SloohOnAirVideos
Paul Cox on G+: +Paul Cox
Email Paul Cox: coxy@slooh.com
Astronomy Day: http://goo.gl/gAeXU
Astronomy Day Tagline: Bringing Astronomy to the People.

#hangoutsonair #hoa #astronomy #astronomyday #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #science +ScienceOnline +Robby Bowles +Allison Sekuler +Rajini Rao +Chad Haney +Fraser Cain #astrophotography
Official website:http://events.slooh.com
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Edge-On Galaxy NGC 891

This beautiful image, taken only 10-minutes ago, includes one of my favourite galaxies; the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 891.  Discovered by William Herschel on the 6th October 1784, the galaxy is approximately 30-million light years away in the constellation of Andromeda.   The dense dust lane that bisects our edge-on view of the galaxy makes it very distinctive, and an extremely popular target for amateur astronomers.

The galaxy is part of a small galaxy group named the NGC 1023 group.  Together with our own Local Group of galaxies (including the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies), they form part of the Virgo Supercluster, which incorporates approximately 100 galaxy clusters.

The mission was scheduled by Slooh Member +Adam Paul, who used the +Slooh Space Camera Half Metre robotic telescope in the Canary Islands.  The image was automatically processed and streamed to Slooh Members in real-time.

Galaxy NGC 891: http://goo.gl/G074k
Sir William Herschel: http://goo.gl/RZYcw
Virgo Supercluster: http://goo.gl/8oQw0
Local Group: http://goo.gl/disfm

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Slooh Space Camera is hanging out with 2 people right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonairBob Berman and Paul Cox
Asteroid 2012 QG42 - Close Approach
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