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WATCH LIVE TONIGHT: NASA's Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Webcast

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Over Mount Bromo by Justin Ng
Justin Ng of Singapore caught a bright meteor hurtling across the night sky over Mount Bromo one day before the peak of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which results Halley’s Comet.
CREDIT: © Justin Ng

NASA's Delta Aquarids webcast will run through the overnight hours on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 29 and 30) and take advantage of the New Moon (when the moon is in its dark, unilluminated phase) to catch the best view of the meteor display. Full Story: Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight: Watch It Live Online

"On the night of July 29-30, a favorable new moon will help darken the skies for the 2014 Delta Aquarid meteor shower (the Southern Delta Aquarids)," NASA officials wrote in a stargazing guide. "Although this is considered a minor meteor shower with projected peak rates at 15-20 meteors/hour, the darker skies will help even faint meteors shine more brightly."

NASA's webcast will begin at 9:30 p.m. EDT, 8:30 p.m. CDT, 7:30 p.m. MST, 6:30 p.m. PDT, 5;30 p.m. Alaska, 3:30 p.m. Hawaii. (This is July 30 at 01:30 UTC/GMT.) It will run through the early pre-dawn hours of July 30. 

NASA's Ustream webcast will feature camera views of the night sky over Huntsville, Alabama, home of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. It will be embedded here on this page, and can be seen directly at: 

http://www.nasa.gov/watchtheskies/delta-aquarids-ustream-2014.html#.U9UOivldWSo

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Webcast Replay

The online Slooh Community Observatory  offered live views of the annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower on Monday night (July 28) and you can relive the webcast live via Slooh.com and here on this page. The webcast, which will be followed Tuesday by a NASA meteor webcast, will begin at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT/0200 GMT) and feature commentary from Slooh experts. Full Story: Don't Miss These Minor Meteor Showers This Summer

The Slooh Community Observatory webcast will feature a live video stream of the peak of the Delta Aquarids from the Institute of Astrophysics, Canary Islands and the Prescott Observatory in Arizona. Slooh astronomer Bob Berman will provide audio commentary during the event. Viewers can also follow the meteor shower webcast on Twitter with the hashtag #SloohShower.

Slooh will be using a new super-sensitive low-light equipment to enhance its meteor views from the Canary Islands, courtesy of the Prescott Observatory, Slooh representatives said in a statement.

"The results obtained by this new equipment are what's primarily fascinating," Berman said. "We're hoping to capture more meteors than ever before, despite the modest nature of this relatively little­-known shower."

Berman said that the origins of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower thought to be the Comet Macholtz, which was discovered in 1986, but it is not known for sure. "The slightly mysterious nature of these often-­overlooked shooting stars adds to the night's fun."

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: http://goo.gl/5gyHMz. 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 Slooh.com. 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?

Moon Master: An Easy Quiz for Lunatics

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 http://www.slooh.com and in the window below here. FULL STORY HERE: Huge 'Beast' Asteroid to Fly By Earth Soon, Live Webcast Today: Video

 

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