December 10th, 2014
Watch and Hear the Dynamic Geminid Meteor Shower Sensation Live on Slooh
On the the evening of December 13th, under modest moonlight conditions, Slooh will capture the Geminid Meteor Shower using special visual and audio tracking equipment - giving viewers an incredible, real-time dual experience hunting 'shooting stars' by both their visual streaks and ionization 'sounds.'
Viewers can hunt for meteors and listen to their sounds free on Slooh.com using their favorite PC or mobile device. The live broadcast will be accompanied by a multitude of video segments on meteors from different personalities, including Slooh Astronomer, Bob Berman, Slooh Host, Will Gater, and Slooh Producer, Eric Edelman.
Coverage will begin on Saturday, December 13th starting at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00PM EST / 0100 UTC (12/14) - International Times: goo.gl/5kFUIw-- live from Slooh's flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics, Canary Islands (IAC) and later from Prescott, Arizona at Prescott Observatory. At the Prescott observatory site, Slooh will be using special low light imaging equipment specifically configured to track meteors, and the results are expected to be spectacular.
'The Geminids are very strange because they hit Earth sideways. It is the difference between being in a car and slamming head on into somebody as opposed to someone backing into you sideways, perhaps coming out of a driveway and crunching into you gently. These meteors hit us gently. While Summer's Perseids strike Earth at 37 miles per second, that's amazingly fast, and the Leonids are even a little bit faster, hitting us at just over 40 miles a second, these Geminids hit us at only 22 miles a second,' says Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman.
The Geminids are considered to be one of the most consistently active meteor showers of the year appearing to originate from the Gemini constellation, also the origin of the shower's name. This year the shower is expected to produce around 60 meteors an hour. The more rural your location, the more you will see!
Geminid Sensation Broadcast Details:
Start time: December 13th at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00PM EST / 0100 UTC (12/14)
Link - www.slooh.com
Hashtag - #SloohGeminids
Embed - please link back to Slooh.com (both shows will play in player):
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