Outer Space

Slooh Live Streams: A Free Front-Row Seat To Outer Space

Admit it — you've watched a live stream of puppies or pandas at least once. (No shame, it's actually beneficial.) Baby animals flopping around a playpen is unquestionably adorable, but it won't quite drop your jaw. What will? A live, face-first dive into the cosmos, thanks to Slooh.

A still picture taken from the SLOOH citizen astronomer project live webcam for 16th January 2014. This project uses the observatory high on Mount Teide on the island of Tenerife, Spain.

Starry Night

We're only just little tiny specks of space dust floating on a miniscule marble into an incomprehensible vastness. Nothing illustrates this better than high-def footage of far-away galaxies and celestial bodies. Luckily for you, star lover, the online astronomy community Slooh now offers free access to its live streams of outer space via telescope. As of August 7, 2017, you can get a gratis view of the cosmos in the Space Situation Room, a feature that previously came at a cost for Slooh members. All you have to do is register on the site (don't worry, it's free).

The company has a network of telescopes situated in some of the best stargazing spots on Earth: it has telescopes in Chile and at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. You can click on the different telescopes when they're online (sometimes they're offline due to things like heavy dust levels) and catch a front-row seat to an amazingly deep view into space in real-time. Some of the things you can see with Slooh's help include Saturn, Jupiter, eclipses, meteors, comets, and literally billions of specific objects hanging out in the ether. The company will also highlight big-deal viewing events, so you don't miss things like a total solar eclipse and the Perseid meteor shower. After getting your mind blown with live virtual exploration, share your thoughts with the huge global community of astro-nerds (including actual astronomers) just like you on Slooh.

Some People Will Call You The Space Cowboy

Getting a free, live, virtual tour of space stuff is cool enough. But for even just $5 per month membership on Slooh, you can steer the scope. The lowest tier paid membership will get you five telescope reservations every month, allowing you to control one of Slooh's state-of-the-art telescopes for five to 10 minutes. A $25 per month membership will get you unlimited telescope reservations. Find a new galaxy! Name it after your favorite Muppet!

If, for some reason, you're not geeking out over the opportunity to just stare at crazy space junk whenever you want, consider a different perspective. "True to our mission, we welcome diverse perspectives about what is out 'there', knowing that no one interpretation can ever be definitive. We encourage you to share your own sense of wonder as we seek to curate our collective human response to space across every style of thought and expression," Slooh CEO and founder Michael Paolucci writes on the website. "Ultimately, we believe we offer a meditation of sorts, a way to reflect on the light we see, and its subsequent reflection upon others."

Imagine watching this explosive event in Orion in real-time...

Written by Joanie Faletto August 28, 2017

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