XO-3 b transit to be streamed live!

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XO-3 b transit to be streamed live!

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 10th February 2010, 5:03 pm

Isn't that awesome? It's something only an exoplanet enthusiast could love.

On February 13, 2010, Baraket Observatory will webcast (weather permitting) the transit of an extra solar planet named "XO-3b". The event will be observed by using a highly sophisticated robotic telescope and a sensitive cooled CCD camera. The observatory will transfer live images of the transit as they're being captured by the Bareket Internet EDU scope, while plotting its light curve through the site as the transit progress. This truly amazing process will give students and the general pubic a unique in side view to behind the observatory scenes, while presenting to the viewers how science is being done all in real time. It will include live explanations and musical representation for those who are blind, made in cooperation with Dr.Mark Hammergren from the Adler planetarium. The event will be about 2 hours in duration, scheduled to take place at 19:00 UTC.


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