Watch the first ever live broadcast of an alien planet transiting its host star.
The Slooh Community Observatory, in cooperation with the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, will be broadcasting the first ever live viewing of a planet outside the solar system as it passes in front of its host star on Saturday.
Exoplanet TrES-2b, nicknamed “Dark Knight,” will transit its host star on Saturday, June 27. Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars outside of the solar system. Dark Knight gets its name from being the darkest exoplanet yet discovered, reflecting only one percent of the light its host star casts on it.
Of course you will not be able to view “Dark Knight” directly, as exoplanets can only be detected when they cross in front of their host star, dimming its light. The Slooh Community Observatory will be using IAC’s Carlos Sánchez Telescope, one of the largest infrared telescopes in the world, to capture the event. This will be the first time an exoplanet observation has been broadcast live to the public.
The Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live stream of the event from the Canary Islands starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015.