Join Slooh for the Best Meteor Shower of 2016

Explore the Myth and Wonder of the
Perseids Meteor Shower

On Thursday, August 11th, at 5:00 PM PDT / 8:00 PM EDT / 00:00 UTC (International Times:, Slooh will host a special 4-hour long broadcast viewing the meteors live as they streak across the sky in four different countries, thanks to our global network of partners. Those live streams will come from Slooh’s observatory in the Canary Islands, Slooh HQ in Washington, CT, and our feed partners in the United Kingdom, and Thunder Bay, Canada. Then, on Friday, Slooh will present extended coverage of the Perseids starting at 9 AM EDT, courtesy of Weathernews Japan. The Perseids is a favorite of many stargazers because it shows more bright meteors than most showers, usually about 50-60 per hour.

In addition to our live streams, Slooh’s 5-hour broadcast will give viewers everything they need to watch and enjoy the shower, including information on the best ways to watch, where to look, and what they should bring along with them on their meteor shower journey. If that’s not enough, Slooh Astronomers, Eric Edelman and Bob Berman, will explain all you need to know about meteor showers, and even tell the amazing discovery story of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the comet responsible for the slew of falling stars this time of year. Plus, viewers will get a unique opportunity to learn about capturing amazing meteor shower photography with a standard DSLR camera, and how they can hear these streaking bits of space debris, even when they can’t see them. And for the historically inclined, we’ll also feature segments telling the harrowing myth of the Greek hero Perseus, from his adventures fighting the Gorgon, Medusa, to his daring rescue of the Princess Andromeda.

“With Decembers Geminids spoiled by a full moon, these Perseids will be the best shower of 2016,” says Bob Berman. “Add to that the juicy peril of its parent comet, Swift-Tuttle, the most hazardous object in the known universe, and you have all the ingredients for a 4 star spectacle.”

The Perseids are visible in most of the Northern Hemisphere, and even some of the Southern hemisphere, and have been viewed by civilizations stretching back millennia. In medieval Europe, the Perseids were called the “Tears of St. Lawrence” because they occur near the anniversary of the death of Laurentius, a Christian deacon who was martyred by the Roman Emperor Valerian in the year 258 A.D. The first recorded observation of the Perseids was by Chinese astronomers in 36 A.D., making it an event that perfectly sums up humanity’s need to gaze at the stars and wonder at the heavens, even to this day.

Viewers can join in the meteor watching fun by sending their questions, and their own meteor observations to @Slooh on Twitter, or by using the live chat on

Event Details

Event Timing:
Live Stream starts: 5:00 PM PDT  ¦  8:00 PM EDT  ¦  00:00UTC
Live Stream ends: 9:00 PM PDT  ¦  12:00 AM EDT  ¦  04:00UTC
International Timing:

Perseids Meteor Shower

Tolcarn will be live streaming the Perseids meteor shower from 22:00hrs August 11th through to the early hours of Aug 12th

Perseids meteor shower.

The live stream will consist of an Orion allsky camera and 14 inch meade with a live Mallincam video camera.  Canon DSLR connected to backyard EOS.  There will be an additional Canon DSLR taking images of the Perseids,  to publish live during the show.  The Yagi meteor scatter detector will also be running during the show to observe the radio trails of the Perseids.  This years show should be one to remember.

Partial Eclipse Images.

A few images of the eclipse day a week past Friday at Tolcarn. Crystal clear in Cornwall. Ist image was the live broadcast, I had over 22 thousand people from around the world watching it. Image 2 was the set up I used.  Image 3 A basic reflection on paper of the eclipse.  Image 4 Image taken by Kim of Venus at dusk.  What a great day we had.


Tolcarn Observatory will be open on Wednesday 18th March from 1900-2200hrs, Thursday 19th March 1900-2200hrs, Friday 2oth March 0600-12 Noon (setting up and viewing the partial eclipse) and then 1900-2200hrs, and Saturday 21st March from 1900-2200hrs.

All these days are free of charge, so why not come along and enjoy the eclipse.

Friday March 20th in the UK sees a wonderful event in the form of a Partial Solar eclipse of the sun. Timings throughout the UK will be slightly different, but here in Cornwall it will start at 0815hrs through to about 1015hrs. The Suns disk will be obscured by 86% here by the Moon. This in effect will cause light levels to significantly drop during the partial eclipse.

When viewing or imaging the sun it is VERY important to observe certain safety rules whilst doing this.

1 Wearing sunglasses will NOT have appropriate protection for your eyes!!! Do not look directly at the sun even when it is obscured by the Moon as this will cause irreversible eye damage.

2 People think that using “Welders Glass” to view the sun is safe. I do not recommend this as welders glass comes in different grades and I have taken advice from welders on this and they do NOT recommend this.

Do not look directly at the sun through Binoculars or telescopes or any other optical equipment that does not have the proper solar filters fitted as this will cause eye damage.

Camera sensors will be destroyed if you try and image the sun without fitting the proper filters to the camera lenses.

There are companies that do solar filter film called Baader film and these films are widely available to purchase. Help on the internet to make a solar filter is widely available.

On the links tab on my website, there are listings of suppliers that stock all the filters you may need. They are on my site as their customer service is second to none.

Any people fitting cameras to telescopes must ensure that the telescope has the appropriate solar filter fitted to it.

There will be various astronomy groups/societies covering this event throughout the country, so it may be an idea to find one near you and visit it during the event to gain advice on how to image/view the sun safely.

There are companies that sell the proper solar viewing glasses that are relatively inexpensive.

I wish you all a safe Viewing of the eclipse. Take advantage of this opportunity as it does not happen very often.


BBC Stargazing live returns for three consecutive days starting Wednesday 18th March.  On Friday March 20th Stargazing live is taking over BBC1 breakfast to cover the eclipse live starting at 9am.  Should be a good one!!!!!

C/2014Q2 Comet Lovejoy.

Here you can see the progress of comet Lovejoy.

Comet Lovejoy is now visible in our night skies.  It passed closest to Earth on January 7th 2014 where it was 70.2 million kilometers away, and is now appearing brighter in our night sky.  With the moon not being a hindrance, viewing this comet has been made a lot easier.  It is a fourth magnitude object and was discovered by the Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.

This image was taken by Alec Jones in South Shields. Image © Alec Jones.


Tolcarn Astronomy Group meeting will take place on Saturday 29th November 2014 starting at 7pm.

Rosetta and Philae update.

Uranus overview.

New Horizons mission to Pluto.

It looks very promising for a clear night, in which case we will head to the research telescopes and binoculars to catch the sights within and around the “Summer triangle” before it slips from view.

Kim and Grant look forward to seeing you all there.