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WATCH LIVE FRIDAY @ 8 pm ET: Slooh Double Feature - Neptune & Asteroid

Voyager 2 Image of Neptune
NASA's Voyager 2 probe captured this image of Neptune five days before its historic flyby of the planet on Aug. 25, 1989.
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The Slooh Community Observatory will air a special cosmic double feature showing views of Neptune and an asteroid in deep space on Friday (Aug. 29). The show starts at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 Aug. 30 GMT). You can watch the show in the window below: 

Slooh experts will start off by talking about Neptune's opposition to the sun - the two cosmic bodies will appear to shine directly opposite from each other in Earth's sky Friday. At 9 p.m. EDT (0100 Aug. 30 GMT), the show will shift to a discussion of the odd "dodgeball" asteroid now flying by Earth. You can learn more about Neptune and the asteroid directly through Slooh's website

Replay: Slooh 'Supermoon' Webcast

The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a webcast about the supermoon on Sunday (Aug. 10) starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT). Slooh representatives will discuss this month's full moon, the biggest of 2014. Latest StoryIs Sunday's Supermoon Full Moon Really That Super?  The moon is going to turn full phase at perigee - the point in its orbit when the natural satellite is closest to Earth. You can watch the webcast in the window below or directly through Slooh

"Nothing in the sky is more striking than the rising of an enormous-looking full moon," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement. "And this will be largest since March, 2011. And although the size-enhancement is 11 percent compared to an apogee full moon like the the one this past January, it will seem even larger -- much larger -- thanks to the psycho-optical effect we will discuss during the show. And, thanks to the super-tides that day and the following day, Earth’s biosphere will definitely be affected by this event."

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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."

More resources: 

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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