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100 Hours of Astronomy Webcast Underway 48

An anonymous reader writes "As part of the International Year of Astronomy, the live video webcast Around the World in 80 Telescopes is taking place now, with fascinating live linkups with the world's leading observatories. The schedule for the webcast is available as a PDF and the recorded videos are available via the 100 hours of astronomy page"
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100 Hours of Astronomy Webcast Underway

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  • Finally something that can put me to sleep at night.
  • She did Mythbusters' Apollo Landing Hoax episode last January (Dr. Russet McMillan, the APOLLO lunar laser stuff at the end) and now this! She's heading up the mountain this evening to do the Apache Point segment, but I understand they're having feed issues, so hard to say if the webcast portion is going to work very well. I'll probably wait and watch post-event streams.

    (she did something else television-wise this January, but we can't talk about it and don't know when it will air)

    • someone on /. has managed to find time alone with a woman?

      Seriously, though, I wish my girl had doctor in front of her name...

      • by wwphx ( 225607 )

        Well, she found me online. For the most part, by definition, astronomers live in pretty remote areas, and the dating pool was kind of limited. She expanded her search radius on the dating site that we used and she found me!

        We were married about 18 months later, and we're celebrating our 4th anniversary in 3 months.

        Amongst the many cool things, she's a gamer (she beat me to L80 in WoW because she has more free time with her work schedule), a movie buff, a foodie (lots of astronomers are, you can't call Pap

  • This is a fantastic idea, and a wonderful implementation. . . . not to mention that it is a great use of internet video streaming. Compared to all much the inane video junk available, this is truly educational and engrossing. When my kids get home form school in an hour or so, I am confident that this will be a wonderful for them to get exposed to contemporary science issues without realizing they are being more than just 'entertained'. Thank you for the post.
    • Compared to all much the inane video junk available, this is truly educational and engrossing.

      All those pop-up ads in the stream are really enlightening. Like the one about losing ugly belly fat that popped up while two bozos were talking about stars or some shit. The guy on the right was fat, and I'll bet he could really use the knowledge contained in that engrossing ad.

      Yeah, this is stream is really driven by the desire educate people.

  • Space (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    The final frontier...

  • I keep having to click the close box on these asinine ads that block the bottom 3rd of the window. Anyone else finding them distracting?

    • Yes, distracting. At first I didn't really notice it, but after a while it just got worse and worse. Even though there is some good stuff in there, I don't thnk I'll be watching it for more than a few minutes, much less 100 hours!
  • by coastwalker ( 307620 ) <acoastwalker@hotmail. c o m> on Friday April 03, 2009 @07:12PM (#27452645) Homepage

    Enjoying the video stream, never realised there were so many observatories doing cool stuff. Also try the excellent podcast stream, one per day for the rest of the year. []
    (Yes I bought the tee shirt)

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by wwphx ( 225607 )

      Off-hand, I know of five in Southern/Central New Mexico: Apache Point, National Solar Observatory at Sun Spot, Very Large Array, Magdalena Ridge, the former Liquid Mirror Telescope installation just outside of Cloudcroft. There's also New Mexico Skies east of Cloudcroft, but that's a for-profit venture with large amateur models.

      In Arizona, you've got Kitt Peak, Mount Graham, Lowell Observatory (Pluto discoverer), there's at least 1 more in Southern AZ but I can't think of the name. And usually these have

  • I've worked at Gemini in the past. I've worked at UKIRT in the past. The two nights immediately preceding the event, I worked at Keck (although on the summit, not like those webcasting wimps down in Waimea). But every night of the webcast, I'm working at the UH 2.2-meter, formerly known as "THE Mauna Kea Observatory," which somehow managed to not get a slot - my boss claims there were a limited number of slots available and the bigger scopes snagged them all - and then get overlooked completely in the pr

    • by wwphx ( 225607 )

      Very cool! Sorry to hear your scope got sorta snubbed, my wife just did the Apache Point segment. I don't know how many discoveries they've had, but they are also the home to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which was recently recognized (IIRC) as being the most used source for astronomy data for publications last year. But I'm probably somewhat off on that quote, been sick recently and just don't remember.

  • Superb event, utilizing the power of streaming internet video to educate the people and inspire many more. I only came across this because of seeing the slashdot article, but I wish I saw this event being advertized/publicized on some news websites or on T.V.
  • The stuff seems broken. None if it will play with FF on Linux even with the Flash 9 player installed.

  • They do not have caching enabled. I have a slow internet connection. It is unwatchable. I get:

    I am here at observatory to sh....ow you what we d.......o here.

    If they enable caching watch it. I could at least start the video several minutes early. That way I could at least understand it. But then, Oh no, I could capture the cache.

    I am sorry I cannot watch it. I am sure it is very interesting. This is very lame.
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  • I would like to know who scheduled the 100 hours of astronomy while the moon was half full. If they wanted to look at the moon only (as it makes it near impossible to see deep space objects that are very interesting) why didn't they schedule it during a full moon. If they wanted to see deep space objects they should have chosen to have it during a new moon. Instead the worst of both worlds was chosen. This feels like a typical political decision.

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