Dec 21 (): The online Slooh Space Camera started showing a series of live space views, from December 17 and is continuing the broadcast all through this week. This web will broadcast the solar activities, which would aid the public to keep looking at any giant solar storms hitting the Earth or the strike of any impending asteroids or any other potential causes of so-called “Mayan catastrophe” that doom sayers say it is set for December 21, 2012, Friday.
Bob Berman, columnist of Astronomy Magazine, who participated in the show said in a statement that rather than only offering the dismissals of scientists about the silly doomsday situations that now have created panic all over the world, Slooh would take all responsibilities of describing the real scenario to the people.
Slooh will web-cast the live coverage from the observatories set up in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa and the Prescott Observatories in Arizona. The Slooh officials said each day would be focussed on different catastrophic “area of fear,” from the massive solar storms to collision with mythical “rogue planet”.
At Slooh’s website: slooh.com you can watch the shows and check out the schedule, which will also feature Patrick Paolucci, Slooh president and other guests.
In the meantime, the Mayan doomsday prediction has generated panic in Russia, with residents hurrying to stock up on candles, thermoses, flash lights…and vodka!
But December 21 is a celestially important date, winter solstice (the word “solstice” is derived from the Latin sol (“sun”) and sistere (“to stand still”), which marks the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. People in the Northern Hemisphere will enjoy the shortest day of the year and the longest day, while people in the Southern Hemisphere will enjoy the most sunshine of 2012 on December 21.