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WATCH LIVE @ 3 pm EDT Wednesday: Experts Discuss Exoplanet Hunt

Exoplanet Around Star GU Psc
A gas giant has been added to the short list of exoplanets discovered through direct imaging. It is located around GU Psc, a star three times less massive than the Sun and located in the constellation Pisces.
CREDIT: Lucas Granito

Three astrophysicists will discuss the latest exciting discoveries in the field of exoplanet science Wednesday (July 9), and you can follow along live online — and ask questions if you so desire.

The 30-minute webcast, which is called "Spotlight Live: The Hunt for Other Worlds Heats Up," begins at 3:00 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) Wednesday. It's hosted by the nonprofit Kavli Foundation.

The researchers participating in the discussion are Zachory Berta-Thompson, a planet hunter at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research; Bruce Macintosh of Stanford University, the principal investigator for the Gemini Planet Imager instrument, which takes direct pictures of alien worlds; and Marie-Eve Naud, a PhD student at the University of Montreal who led a recent study that discovered a strange gas giant exoplanet called GU Pisces b.

If you have questions for the scientists, you can submit them before or during the webcast via email to Or you can use the hashtag #KavliLive on Google+ or Twitter.

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Replay: Chilean Mountaintop Blasted off to Make Room for Telescope

The European Southern Observatory will blast away the top of a mountain in Chile to make room for the largest telescope ever built on Earth Thursday (June 19). ESO plans to build the European-Extremely Large Telescope over the course of the next decade. You  can watch the webcast of the mountain blast in the window below from 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT) to 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT):

You can also keep up with the livewebcast and updates directly through ESO:

From ESO: "Extremely Large Telescopes are considered worldwide as one of the highest priorities in ground-based astronomy. They will vastly advance astrophysical knowledge, allowing detailed studies of subjects including planets around other stars, the first objects in the universe, super-massive black holes, and the nature and distribution of the dark matter and dark energy which dominate the universe."

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Replay: Full Moon on Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th coincides with a full moon but you don't have to wait to see amazing views of the full moon. The online Slooh community telescope will provide live views of the moon June 12 at 9:30 p.m. EDT. Watch live here. 

From Slooh

"Slooh will cover the Honey Moon live on Thursday, June 12th starting at 6:30 PM PDT / 9:30 PM EDT / 01:30 UTC (6/13) ­ International Times: Slooh will broadcast the event live for two hours from Slooh member controlled observatory sites: (1) off the west coast of Africa, at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, and (2) the Pontificia Universidad Católica De Chile (PUC) near Santiago, Chile. Viewers can watch the full Honey Moon broadcast free on The image stream will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host, Geoff Fox, Slooh astronomer, Bob Berman, and Slooh Observatory Engineer, Paul Cox, who will be reporting in live at Slooh’s Canary Islands observatory. Viewers can follow updates on the show by using the hashtag #Sloohhoneymoon."

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The Moon: 10 Surprising Lunar Facts

Full Moon: Why Does It Happen? How Does It Affect Us?

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Beast Asteroid Replay

The online Slooh community observatory will hold a free webcast today (June 5) at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT) to showcase the newfound asteroid 2014 HQ124, which is 1,100 feet wide and will pass safely by Earth on Sunday, June 8. You can watch the webcast live on and in the window below here. FULL STORY HERE: Huge 'Beast' Asteroid to Fly By Earth Soon, Live Webcast Today: Video

REPLAY: Asteroid 2014 KH39 Flyby

The newly discovered asteroid 2014 KH39 will pass Earth just outside the orbit of the moon today (June 3) and you can watch it live online courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project. The webcast will begin at 3:45 p.m. EDT (1945 GMT) and be visible in the window below: 

Asteroid 2014 KH39 is a house-size space rock that was first discovered on May 24. The asteroid is about 64 feet (19.5 meters) across and will come within 1.1 times the distance between the Earth and moon, according to officials with NASA's Asteroid Watch program. The average Earth-moon distance is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers).

Today's Virtual Telescope webcast will be hosted by Italian astrophyscist Gianluca Masi and feature views from a remotely operated telescope. The asteroid should appear as a bright dot moving across the blackness of space. You can also follow the webcast directly at:

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Replay: Camelopardalid Meteor Shower

new meteor shower  known as the Camelopardalids will grace the skies on May 23/24. Even if you can't see the possible meteor storm in person, you can watch it live online with two webcasts from, the Virtual Telescope Project, NASA and others. FIRST PHOTOS: Camelopardalid Meteor Shower Photos: 'Shooting Stars' from Comet 209P/LINEAR

You can watch two Slooh webcast featuring views of the meteor shower on Friday (May 23). Watch them directly through Slooh at or in the windows provided below. One webcast focusing on the comet that left the debris behind that has created the meteor shower begins at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT), with the live webcast of the shower from the Canary Islands starting at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 May 24 GMT).

Slooh Meteor Shower Webcast

Slooh Comet Webcast @ 6 pm ET (2200 GMT):

Virtual Telescope Project Meteor Webcast

Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Ceccano, Italy, will also host a Camelopardalid webcast beginning at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT) on May 24. You can watch the webcast here: as well as below: 

NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center

From NASA: "On the night of May 23, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke will host a live web chat from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. EDT. Simply return to this page a few minutes before the chat begins, then log in to ask your questions. A live Ustream view of the skies over Huntsville, Alabama, will also be offered on this page."

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

You can follow NASA's views of the new Camelopardalid meteor shower here on Friday night:

Cal_Astro Meteor Shower Webcast

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Webcast Replay: Saturn at Opposition from Slooh

The online Slooh community telescope will offer live views of Saturn from a remotely operated telescope in the Canary Islands, off the western coast of Africa, as the ringed planet reaches opposition, a point in its orbit when it is on the opposite side of Earth from the sun.

Slooh's feed of Saturn will begin at 9:30 p.m. EDT (0130 May 11 GMT) and feature commentary from astronomer Bob Berman and Slooh host Geoff Fox. You can watch the Saturn webcast live on the Slooh website linked above, as well as in the window below: 

"Saturn has not looked this good since 2007," Berman said in a statement. "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."

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