I spent the last few hours on-the-air, sort of. It was an Internet broadcast from slooh.com. There was an eclipse Tuesday afternoon in Australia. We started coverage at 11 PM PDT.
First things first. Even we admit, this was right on the line of stuff too small to care about. It was an annular eclipse where the Moon doesn’t fully cover the Sun. The only place to see the annular phase was a small chunk of Antarctica! No one went.
We had a camera in Australia with a nice view of the partial eclipse… until the clouds came.
I was joined by Bob Berman, an astronomer who also works for slooh.com and Dr. Lucie Green, a solar scientist with a wonderful British accent came on from Japan. By definition, everyone with a British accent is smart. They were both great as we tried to have good content to fill the time.
Remember, our main video was the Moon slowly moving over the Sun, never fully covering it.
We’re still a little shaky. The equipment is rudimentary, but we’re upgrading. I think the content portion went well. There’s low hanging fruit to get better.
This is a narrowcast. Most people will never care. Those who do who care passionately. These are the folks we need to reach.
That’s my job.
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Can anybody just sign on to slooh.com? What do the letters stand for?. We had the blood moon eclipse last week, and once again, we were clouded out. So often, here in the east, (as you probably too well remember) we get clouds covering our eclipses and just about every meteor shower one would stay up to watch. Even the one this past week (23rd-26th)
I take it that you are involved in the broadcast at this site–as you say “we” … Guess that’s what I miss about you no longer being here in the East–doing your Mr Science reports. It is difficult getting info about astronomical events. At least we have your blog to refer to. Thanks for that.