Slooh will broadcast live streaming images of Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) in apparent close proximity to Mars on Friday, October 18th at 10:30 PM PDT / 1:30 AM EDT (10/19) / 05:30 UTC (10/19) with expert commentary from Slooh’s Paul Cox.
The show will focus on Comet ISON which due to its relationship between the Earth and Mars appears to be extremely close to Mars – they will be less than 1° apart viewed through the telescopes. Comet ISON is continuing its journey toward the Sun at approximately 82,894mph (37 km/s) as it makes its pass of Mars. ISON made its closest approach to Mars on October 1st.
Slooh will provide live images of Comet ISON and Mars using three telescopes based at the Slooh Observatory in the Canary Islands for the event. Slooh’s Half Meter telescope will be trained on ISON while the T2 Wide Field telescope will show both Mars and Comet ISON in the same Field Of View though Mars is still too small to discern any detail.
Cox will provide updates on ISON’s journey including looking at the images taken by Slooh Members every night monitoring it as its coma brightens and its tail lengthens. ISON is getting brighter and brighter as it makes its way towards its sungrazing encounter in November. Commentary of the likely future of ISON will also accompany the broadcast.
Information on how viewers can witness the pairing in their own back yards will also be included in the broadcast.
Paul Cox, Slooh’s Astronomy Expert:
“Although Mars is still too distant to resolve any detail, the pairing with Comet ISON will look terrific in Slooh’s T2 Wide Field telescope. Slooh Members have been watching Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) every night since it reappeared in August; and it’s getting brighter and brighter. We’ll see some wonderful views of ISON during the live show using the Half Metre telescope controlled by Slooh Members. We may even have the latest Hubble Space Telescope image to look at and discuss during the show.”