February 18th, 2015
Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with the New Moon and Stars via Slooh
On the the evening of February 19th from North America, Slooh will welcome in the Lunar New Year with a live show, celebrating the astronomy of this special day. This will include never-before-seen images of the New Moon taken by the Dubai Astronomy Group, and a timed zodiacal challenge for both viewers and on-air hosts alike, based on live imagery from Slooh observatories at the Institute of Astrophysics, Canary Islands (IAC) and Pontificia Universidad CatÃ³lica De Chile (PUC)!
Coverage will begin on Thursday, February 19th, starting at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST / 01:00 UTC (02/20). The free live broadcast will be manned by Slooh Host, Paul Cox, and Slooh Astronomer, Bob Berman. Chinese-American Engineer Michael Mah will be on hand as our cultural representative, to share some of the importance of the Chinese New Year, and why this one is unique. Twitter users can ask questions via the hashtag #SloohLunarYear.
Viewers can watch the live asteroid webcast free on Slooh.com. The image stream will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host Will Gater, Slooh astronomer Bob Berman, and special guests including Dr. Paul Chodas, manager of JPL'S Near-Earth Object Program Office, and Dr. Lance Benner, NASA Research Scientist. Viewers can follow updates on the show and ask questions to be answered live on air by using the Twitter hashtag #SloohBL86.
Slooh will be providing both imagery and entertaining discussion surrounding two astronomical topics important to the Chinese Lunar New Year: the New Moon and the zodiac constellations. Usually the New Moon is primarily noticeable in its absence. This is a Moon that rises and sets with the Sun, with the side of it that we always see now obscured by darkness and shadow. It is a challenging object to image, but Slooh partners in Dubai have done so with specialized equipment, taking images Paul Cox and Bob Berman will soon share and discuss live on the air!
Says Slooh astronomer Bob Berman, "Before the modern era where the Moon is scarcely visible against city lights and irrelevant to our everyday lives, moonlight often made a life-or-death difference as to whether we dared venture out at night. Its importance was such, that calendars, seasons, and holidays like Easter revolved around lunar phases. At Slooh, we will celebrate this vestigial legacy of the Moon's importance by exploring the cultural, scientific, and mythological wonders of the New Moon."
The zodiac also play a fundamental role in this Chinese festival, and Slooh will highlight these constellations by showcasing live imagery of deep sky objects that lie within. This is also the point where astronomy buffs in the audience can test their knowledge of the night sky. With each deep sky object Paul Cox presents, Bob Berman will have 30 seconds to classify which zodiac constellation the object comes from. Slooh encourages viewers to play along and try to beat the clock with Bob!
Chinese Lunar New Year Broadcast Details:
Start time: February 19th at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00PM EST / 2100 UTC (2/20)
Link - www.slooh.com
Hashtag - #SloohLunarYear
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