Since 2003 Slooh’s Flagship Observatory has been located at The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) high on Mount Teide on the Island of Tenerife. This Observatory houses the main telescopes Slooh Community Missions scheduled nightly to image over 1 million celestial objects. Slooh signed a new 7 year extension with IAC in November of 2013 - pictured are Slooh founder Mike Paolucci and Professor Rafael Rebolo, Executive Director of the IAC
Primary Instrument: Half Metre f/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham
Primary Instrument: 0.35 metre f/11 Schmidt-Cassegrain
During the 2012 Total Solar Eclipse, Slooh partnered with the The Tauranga Astronomical Society (and observatory) in Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand to stream a partial solar eclipse feed. The Tauranga Astronomical Society observatory was completed in 2010. It is located in the northeast corner of a redeveloped community complex in Ferguson park, Otumoetai. The building is also the home for Matua Scouts, Guides and Brownies as well as the Otumotai soccer club and Albion cricket club. The observatory houses a 14 inch Meade LX200-ACF telescope.
For the December 10, 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse Slooh provided live feeds from all over the world. Albert Lim, President of The Astronomical Society of Singapore (TASOS) , provided live images from Cebu City assisted by Mr. How Woei Mun from TASOS together with his son Lim Wei Rong.
Albert and his team captured some fantastic images of the lunar eclipse as the event unfolded live before hundreds of thousands of viewers.
Bob Berman and Matt Francis traveled to Cairns, Australia to provide a live feed of the Total Solar Eclipse. Bob and his daughter, Anjali Berman, planned and arranged viewing expedition to the coast of Eastern Australia. Matt managed the equipment to stream live images of the eclipse for Slooh’s Live broadcast. Matt, Bob and Anjali were accompanied by a large group of eclipse seekers truly making it a community event.
"As the Sun ascended through breaks of clouds, and the incoming tide kept reducing the sliver of beach until we were all hugging the palm trees, it was impossible to predict whether the sun would be in the clear during the approaching two minutes of totality. But when the magical time arrived, it appeared in all its glory in a small opening between clouds! This, my seventh solar totality, only emphasized this truth: If there is a more sacred and awesome visual spectacle in the universe, I have yet to find it."
- Bob Berman, Slooh Astronomer
Gerard Lazarus from Groote Eylandt, Australia provided a live feed of the 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse for Slooh as an international feed partner. Gerard is a dedicated amatuer astronomer who was contacted on short notice for the annular eclipse due to poor weather conditions in several other locations. He journeyed deep into the Australian bush braving a huge nearby crocodile population for the chance to provide the feed which was enjoyed by nearly three hundred thousand people.
Rob Black, Director of NQ Astronomy in Australia, and Jonathan Bradshaw, member of the Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ) provided a second live feed for Slooh.
Image credit: Gerard Lazarus, Groote Eylandt
Slooh partnered with The Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) and the GLORIA Project for a joint expedition to travel to Lake Turkana National Park in Kenya to broadcast the 2013 Total Solar Eclipse Live on November 3. Slooh’s Paul Cox joined the expedition to provide live feeds of the eclipse for Slooh’s exclusive live broadcast of the event.
“This was the most difficult eclipse we've covered at Slooh over the years. Our expedition was made in a series of 4x4 vehicles carrying our delicate observation equipment across some of the harshest terrain in Africa. After three days across country, we set up camp near the home of the largest population of crocodiles in the world – Lake Turkana. The challenging conditions and lack of amenities, at what is considered the ‘cradle of mankind’, made this a unique location for a global live broadcast”
- Paul Cox, Slooh Astronomer and Total Solar Eclipse Broadcast Host
In June of 2011, Slooh established a live feed from Cyprus for the Total Lunar Eclipse. Slooh host Paul Cox traveled to the Mediterranean island to provide exclusive live images as astronomer Bob Berman hosted the four-hour event with guest appearances from Duncan Copp, director-producer of "In the Shadow of the Moon", an award-winning film about the Apollo astronauts, and Dr. Lucie Green, Solar researcher out of the United Kingdom.
The live broadcast was viewed by hundreds of millions as the feed was streamed directly to the Google Doodle as part of an ongoing collaboration with the major technology company to provide real time images of celestial events to a wider public.
Dubai Astronomy Group (DAG)
was a key feed partner for Slooh during the 2013 Partial Lunar Eclipse. DAG provided a live feed of the event for Slooh’s broadcast which featured special guest Dr. Lucie Green from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in England. The Partial Lunar Eclipse coverage was made possible through positive and progress collaboration aided by Hasan Hariri, Head of DAG. DAG is an organization that wishes to share astronomy with a people all over the world.
This location was also utilized as remote feed for the 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse which was broadcast through the Google Doodle on their homepage. The feed was established by Slooh’s Matt Marulla and was one of three such feed used for the event.
Photo of DAG, Omar bin Khattab School, National News and City7 TV Channel observing Crescent from Mahafez area in Sharjah. - Courtesy of DAG
Michael Kentrianakis, Slooh Feed Partner (far right), traveled with the Williams College Eclipse Expedition to Gabon, Africa for the 2013 Total Solar Eclipse. Michael provided stunning video of the Total Solar Eclipse despite high winds and heavy cloud cover throughout the day.
Michael Kentrianakis was accompanied by renowned astronomer Dr. Jay Pasachoff (second from right), the current Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, and Michael Zeiler (far left) the creator of Eclipse-maps.com.
Williams College Eclipse expedition images courtesy of Valentina Vlad.
The Fort William Historical Park - David Thompson Astronomical Observatory (FWHP) located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada is a feed partner providing live images of the Sun and night sky for free public broadcast on Slooh. Sergio Buonocoren is the site manager for the The Fort William Historical Park. He and Anthony Marrelli, observatory operator, are eager to continue to share live feeds with the world through the Slooh Community live streams.
Pete Zimmer and Daniel Zirzow from the University of New Mexico Physics and Astronomy department, along with Bob Amdahl from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, worked with Slooh to provide live feeds of both the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse and Transit of Venus events. The results were stunning as both events featured nearly perfect views for the Slooh Community and greater viewing public to witness these spectacular events live.
"Thank you for the coverage of the Albuquerque Annular eclipse. We watched it begin, viewing it on your site (on our cell phone) as we drove up the highway towards our viewing site. Attached is a PDF of what my daughter will take into school Monday 21st. It was our daughter’s first eclipse and having your streamed video, to allow easy viewing of it, greatly increased her understating of what was happening."
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The Prescott Observatory, owned and operated by Matt Francis, is a strategic feed partner with Slooh providing live feeds for special broadcasts, including solar eruptions, planetary close-ups, and asteroid tracking. In addition to providing live feeds, Matt also participates as a guest on Slooh broadcasts.
SOLAR OBSERVATORY: (roll off roof observatory)
Telescope: Lunt LS152THA solar telescope
Mount: Celestron CGEM
24 inch PlaneWave CDK OTA
Takahashi TOA 150 wide field refractor mounted to PlaneWave OTA
Takahashi FSQ wide field refractor mounted to PlaneWave OTA
Slooh astronomer Bob Berman was onsite in Alaska with professional photographer Anjalia Bermain capturing live images of the auroras.. Slooh used a range of special DSLR equipment in extreme temperatures which hit 2 degrees during the live broadcast. Bob was barely able to speak in the freezing cold temperatures. You can see Bob and his crew on the lower right of the image watching an amazing aurora dance above the horizon.
"A grand display of the aurora borealis ranks among the top-three celestial spectacles. Unfortunately, unlike eclipses they are not predictable in advance, and appear best in high latitudes often plagued by cold weather and cloudy skies. And during the season when the weather warms a bit, there is no true night at all, so you just can't win. That's why we've journeyed, along with special equipment, to challenging places -- to bring this glorious apparition to the public," says Berman.
On a super cold night, December 20th/21st, 2010, just days before the Christmas celebration, Slooh broadcast a free live feed of the Total Lunar Eclipse from the East Coast to Slooh.com, Sky in Google Earth, and TSS Media's 5,000 foot video screen in Times Square in New York City. The Digital Smart Sign is located at 1568 Broadway, between 46th Street and 47th Street and began showing coverage beginning at 3:13 am EST and ending at 3:18 am EST and interspersed with 30 second updates at 2:00 am and 2:40 am, the live feed gave residents and visitors the unprecedented opportunity to view the eclipse simultaneously as a group in Time Square.
The image was captured by Slooh’s Founder and CEO Michael Paolucci.
Pontificia Universidad Católica De Chile (PUC) has been an important, long-time partner with Slooh providing live images for numerous broadcast and even hosting a second Slooh Observatory at one time. PUC has a research department of astrophysics, Directed by Felipe Barrientos. which operates its own observatory located at the Hacienda Santa Martina in Lo Barnechea, Santigo. The Observatory houses a variety of telescopes providing PUC and Slooh with a rich resource equipment to utilize for live broadcast.
Dr. Josh Walawender, a Slooh Feed Partner, collaborated on the Live broadcast of the 2011 December Total Lunar Eclipse. In order to successfully provide Slooh a feed, Dr. Walawender drove up to the 14,000ft high observatory on Mauna Kea, as the weather forecast for lower altitudes was so poor. Dr. Walawender is an astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the director of UH Hilo's new Hoku Ke'a instructional telescope. He earned his bachelors degree at the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an avid amateur astronomer since childhood who still enjoys regular observing sessions under the Big Island's pristine skies he was a perfect feed partner to join the Slooh Community for this Live event.