October 20th, 2014
Slooh to Broadcast Live Feed of the Partial Solar Eclipse From North America
Slooh will broadcast a free, real-time view of the Partial Solar Eclipse from North America. Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, October 23rd starting at 2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT / 21:00 UTC (International times: goo.gl/7pwkU3) as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over the western United States, Alaska, and Western Canada on its way eastward. The shadow will never reach New England, as the sun will have set there before the eclipse begins.
The three hour broadcast will be helmed by Slooh host Geoff Fox with Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman, and multiple special guests, including longtime Slooh friend and solar researcher, Dr. Lucie Green. Viewers can ask questions during the show by using hashtag #sloohpartialsolar.
Slooh will be using multiple solar facilities for its coverage of the partial solar eclipse. The primary feed will be located at Prescott Solar Observatory - a fantastic solar facility located in Arizona.
Although not a total solar eclipse -- the most spectacular kind of sky event -- it will be eerie and fascinating to watch the Moon creep over the solar disk, obliterating most of it as seen from the northwestern states and southern Alaska, including Anchorage. From those places, and parts of the Western U.S. the sun will be eclipsed enough to appear as a dramatic fat crescent. Further east, the eclipsed sun will sit on the western horizon, creating the juxtaposition of earthly scenery and an excellent opportunity for stunning photography, especially for those with telephoto lenses of 200mm to 400mm.
Cautions Bob Berman, “Do not look at the Sun! This kind of eclipse requires eye protection, such as shade 12 or 14 welders goggles. Those trying to photograph this eclipse may be able to do so safely if they are located where the Sun is on the horizon, since that cuts down its visible light and infrared emissions. But even if the partially eclipsed sun is setting at your location, and appears red or orange and not too bright, it would be wise to glance only briefly at it. Moreover, telephoto lenses amplify the brightness, and it would not be safe to look at the Sun through your camera lens even if the Sun is setting. Eyesight is precious, and if there’s any doubt, don’t do it.”
This is a partial eclipse because the line-up of Sun, Moon, and Earth is not quite perfect, and the Moon will not centrally pass in front of the sun. But even if it were a perfect alignment, this still would not be a total eclipse for an interesting reason. The full Hunter’s Moon on October 8 (which went into Earth’s shadow to create a total lunar eclipse) happened soon after lunar perigee, when the moon was closest to Earth. Therefore now, a half orbit later, the moon is near its apogee or far-point from Earth, and is too far away for its full umbral shadow to reach us.
Adds Berman, “During Slooh’s coverage it should be evident that the foreground black cameo of a moon looks a little smaller than the sun’s disk, since the moon will be just five days from apogee. In short, all sort of clockwork tick-tock celestial mechanics will be on display during this event.”
Partial Solar Eclipse Broadcast
Start time: Thursday, October 23rd at 2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT / 21:00 UTC
Link - www.slooh.com
Hashtag - #sloohpartialsolar
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