At 8 p.m. EDT Saturday (Aug. 12; 0000 GMT on Aug. 13), the astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will air a live show about the famous Perseid meteor shower, which is peaking now. You can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of Slooh, or directly at Slooh.com.
On Saturday, August 12th at 5:00 PM PDT | 8:00 PM EDT | 00:00 UTC, Slooh will host a special broadcast of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower, one of the most active meteor showers of the year. It’s another in a line of spectacular events this month, leading up to the Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st.
Ever since late July, the Perseids have slowly been building, from 3-4 meteors hurtling through the night sky to dozens. When the meteor shower peaks on August 12th, 2017, more than 60 bright meteors can be seen in a single night, making the Perseids the most prolific shower of the year. A favorite of astronomers the world over, Slooh will be live on the 12th to broadcast the peak of the Perseids across the world, thanks to brilliant dark sky views provided by Slooh’s flagship observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.
In addition to Slooh’s livestreams, the event will give viewers everything they need to watch and enjoy the shower, including information on the best ways to watch, where to look, and what they should bring along with them on their meteor shower journey. Sloohexperts will also be on hand to explain how this shower originates from Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Best viewed from the northern hemisphere, these spectacular meteors are a sight viewers don’t want to miss. In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the “Tears of St. Lawrence” because they occur near the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by the Roman Emperor Valerian in the year 258 A.D. The first recorded observation of the Perseids was by Chinese astronomers in 36 A.D., making it an event that perfectly sums up humanity’s need to gaze at the stars and wonder at the heavens, even to this day.
Slooh’s long experience broadcasting live celestial events means you can watch these spectacular events from anywhere in the world. Slooh Astronomer Paul Cox said, “If you’re lucky enough to have clear skies to watch one of the best meteor showers of the year, why not join us and use Slooh’s commentary as your own meteor watching soundtrack?”
Viewers can use the hashtag #Slooh to ask questions to our experts and astronomers during the show.
Visit Slooh.com to snap and share your own photos from this live event, and interact with our hosts and guests, and personally control Slooh’s telescopes.