October 2nd, 2014
Slooh to Broadcast Live Feed of the Total Lunar Eclipse From Multiple Sites All Over the World
Stargazers worldwide are invited to watch the spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse, sometimes known as the “Blood Moon,” unfold live on Slooh. The free, real-time broadcast will begin on October 8th starting at 2:00 AM PDT / 5:00 AM EDT / 09:00 UTC with live feeds from multiple locations located in Australia and North America.
This eclipse will be difficult to view for most of the planet as it mainly takes place over the Pacific Ocean. As such, the eclipse will only be visible in its entirety from parts of eastern Australia, New Zealand, eastern Asia, most of Japan, Hawaiian Islands, and the western part of North America. But fear not - Slooh will have strategic sites in these locations allowing the world to view the eclipse live on Slooh.com
The three and a half hour broadcast will be helmed by Slooh host Geoff Fox with Slooh Astronomer Bob Berman, Slooh engineer Paul Cox and multiple special guests, including longtime Slooh friend and filmmaker, Duncan Copp - director-producer of many astronomy films and TV shows including “In the Shadow of the Moon”, an award-winning film about the Apollo astronauts. Viewers can ask questions during the show by using hashtag #sloohbloodmoon.
This is the latest in a series of total lunar eclipse broadcasts dating back to Slooh’s founding in 2003, the highlights of which are a June 2011 broadcast that was featured in the Google Doodle and a December 2010 eclipse broadcast live on the largest jumbotron in Times Square.
Interestingly, this eclipse occurs smack on the night of the Hunters’ Moon, one of the two officially named full moons, which adds a note of lore and mythology to this event. The eclipse also offers the casual observer some unique observations. For example, the lighting hitting the entire face of the moon just as the partial eclipse begins is very uneven -- with the right, lower part of the moon being brightest, and the upper left dimmest. This instantly shows us where the Earth in the lunar sky is blocking most of the sun, versus just a small portion of it.
“Finally,” says Berman, “the color of the moon when the eclipse is total delivers an environmental report card about ourselves. If the Moon turns coppery red, that’s normal. But a black totality indicates either major volcanic eruptions on Earth, or rare cloudiness surrounding the limb of our planet. This potential variability provides yet another reason to tune in.”
Total Lunar Eclipse Broadcast
Start time: Wednesday, October 8th at 2:00 AM PDT / 5:00 AM EDT / 09:00 UTC
Link - www.slooh.com
Hashtag - #sloohbloodmoon
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