Explore the Myth and Wonder of the Perseids Meteor Shower
Here’s hoping you’re where the skies are clear during the Perseid Meteor Shower. But if not, watch the Perseids on www.astronomyhouston.org courtesy of Slooh.com, a robotic telescope service. The streaming spot is posted below, waiting to go live Thursday, August 11th, at 7:00 PM CDT / 00:00 UTC.
Slooh Astronomers Eric Edelman and Bob Berman will explain all you need to know about meteor showers. They’ll also relate the amazing discovery story of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the comet responsible for the slew of falling stars this time of year.
Viewers will also get a unique opportunity to learn about capturing amazing meteor shower photography with a standard DSLR camera, and how they can hear these streaking bits of space debris, even when they can’t see them.
* Slooh is a robotic telescope service that can be viewed live through a web browser with Flash plug-in.
“With Decembers Geminids spoiled by a full moon, these Perseids will be the best shower of 2016,” says Bob Berman. “Add to that the juicy peril of its parent comet, Swift-Tuttle, the most hazardous object in the known universe, and you have all the ingredients for a 4 star spectacle.”
The Perseids are visible in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and even some of the Southern hemisphere, and have been viewed by civilizations stretching back millennia. In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the “Tears of St. Lawrence” because they occur near the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by the Roman Emperor Valerian in the year 258 A.D. The first recorded observation of the Perseids was by Chinese astronomers in 36 A.D., making it an event that perfectly sums up humanity’s need to gaze at the stars and wonder at the heavens, even to this day.
Viewers can join in the meteor watching fun by sending their questions, and their own meteor observations to @Slooh on Twitter, or by using the live chat on Slooh.com.
You can go to Slooh.com to join and watch this live broadcast, snap and share your own photos during the event, chat with audience members and interact with the hosts, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.