October 15th, 2014
Watch and Listen to the Orionid Meteor Shower Sensation Live on Slooh
On the the evening of October 21st, Slooh will capture the Orionid Meteor Shower with dynamic visuals and engaging audio -- giving viewers another unique way to experience the “shooting stars” by tracking their ionization “sounds.” Slooh provided an ionization track during the 2014 Perseids Meteor Shower and the feature was well received by the viewing public.
Coverage will begin on Tuesday, October 21st starting at 5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT / 00:00 UTC - International Times: goo.gl/mFlx1X- 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.
Viewers can watch and listen free on Slooh.com using their favorite PC or mobile device. The live image stream will be accompanied by a multitude of video segments on meteors from different personalities, including Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman and EarthSky Editor-in-Chief Deborah Byrd.
The broadcast can also be used as a soothing outdoor companion to any meteor viewing experience. Viewers can ask questions during the show by using hashtag #OrionidSloohsation.
Says Berman, “The Orionids are usually the year’s third richest meteor shower. Not to mention that they zoom away from one of the best known and easily recognized constellations. But this year they’re particularly conspicuous because, unlike the August Perseids that unfolded under a full moon, and the December Geminids which will also be diminished by moonlight during half the night, the moon will be totally absent for the 2014 Orionids. It should be quite a nice show.”
To view the Orionids, individuals in the Northern Hemisphere should find an open expanse of sky away from artificial lights, and look east early on, or, to see maximum numbers of meteors, southward after midnight, toward the constellation Orion. During those peak hours, observers may see a very fast-streaking meteor every three minutes.
Adds Berman, “Meteor showers are debris shed from comets, but the Orionids are special. They derive from the very first periodic comet discovered, the famous comet Halley. This material collides head-on with Earth to produce extremely fast “shooting stars.” For reasons that are still unexplained, this shower sometimes gets very rich and even rivals the summer Perseids. Such a super-shower happened for four year in a row, most recently just five years ago -- and this unpredictability adds to the excitement.”
Orionid Sensation Broadcast Details:
Start time: October 21st at 5 PM PDT / 8 PM EDT / 00:00 UTC
Link - www.slooh.com
Hashtag - #OrionidSloohsation
Embed - please link back to Slooh.com (both shows will play in player):
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