Watch a live webcast on ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft as it begins its closest approach to the sun.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander will make their closest approach to the sun on Thursday as they follow Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko into the inner solar system. The Slooh Community Observatory will be providing a live stream of the comet as it begins its close encounter with the sun this Saturday.
The Rosetta spacecraft, currently in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, will make its closest approach to the sun, also known as perihelion, on Thursday, Aug. 13. Rosetta’s perihelion comes just one year after the spacecraft made history as the first man-made object to rendezvous with and orbit a comet.
The Slooh Community Observatory will be hosting a live webcast about Rosetta’s closest approach to the sun. Slooh’s webcast will provide live views of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko courtesy of one of ESA’s largest telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. Host Will Gator will be joined by Rosetta mission scientists from ESA to discuss the mission, its findings and what to expect from its close encounter with the sun.
Slooh’s live stream will begin at 1 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.