When the Mayan apocalypse comes Friday, what will doomsday look like? Luckily there is a way to view the signs and portents in outer space using telescopes from around the world.
Slooh is offering a glimpse of doomsday using live space cams. Heading over to the Slooh homepage, apocalypse-watchers can view the possible end of the world right from the comfort of home. Slooh decribes itself as "the leader in live, celestial event programming with weekly shows featuring the great wonders of the universe - shown live by observatories worldwide."
Slooh launched its outer space live cams on Thursday and will be running special events and commentaries. Astronomers will be on hand as Slooh live streams camera feeds using telescopes from the Canary Islands and Arizona's Prescott Observatories. Slooh be examining solar activity as well as any changes within Earth's electromagnetic field.
Bob Berman, an astronomer and columnist for Astronomy magazine, said, “Rather than merely offer scientists' dismissals of the many silly doomsday scenarios that have now been heard by almost everyone in the world, and which have reportedly produced panic in Russia, Slooh will take a 'let's see for ourselves' attitude. By acting independently of any government agency, which assumedly would be disbelieved by the millions who are convinced a giant cover-up is in place, Slooh will observe the planets and the ecliptic plane for anything out of the ordinary.”
The live cams will look at solar flares and any other unusual solar phenomena. The cameras and astronomers will be focusing on phenomena that those championing the Mayan apocalypse said will occur before the end of the world. Some of these celestial harbingers of doom include an unknown planet, any solar disruptions, asteroids or planetary alignments. Astronomers, such as Berman, will discuss the myths surrounding the Mayan apocalypse, provide insight on celestial phenomena and take viewer questions.
Video of the live stream can be viewed below or on YouTube.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.