Starts: Thursday, February 19th
5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST / 0100 UTC (2/20)
Watch on www.slooh.com
Slooh will be providing both imagery and entertaining discussion surrounding two astronomical topics important to the Chinese Lunar New Year: the New Moon and the zodiac constellations.
Says Slooh astronomer Bob Berman, "Before the modern era where the Moon is scarcely visible against city lights and irrelevant to our everyday lives, moonlight often made a life-or-death difference as to whether we dared venture out at night. Its importance was such, that calendars, seasons, and holidays like Easter revolved around lunar phases. At Slooh, we will celebrate this vestigial legacy of the Moon's importance by exploring the cultural, scientific, and mythological wonders of the New Moon."
The zodiac also play a fundamental role in this Chinese festival, and Slooh will highlight these constellations by showcasing live imagery of deep sky objects that lie within. This is also the point where astronomy buffs in the audience can test their knowledge of the night sky. With each deep sky object Paul Cox presents, Bob Berman will have 30 seconds to classify which zodiac constellation the object comes from. Slooh encourages viewers to play along and try to beat the clock with Bob!