Palomar Observatory will participate in a live 24-hour webcast
event that will take place from the control rooms of research
telescopes located around the globe.
Most people have no idea what happens during the night at a
research observatory. The expectation is that astronomers are
looking through telescopes - a concept that is 100 years out of
date. The Around the World in 80 Telescopes event webcast
will take a 24-hour trip to observatories located across
the globe and in space. Scheduled to participate are observatories
in 15 countries: spanning every continent (including Antarctica),
and 11 observatories located in space.
The final stop in this around-the-world tour of observatories
will be Palomar Observatory, run by the California Institute of
Technology. Astronomers using Palomar's 200-inch Hale Telescope
will be on hand answering questions and explaining their research.
Palomar Observatory's participation in the event is only possible
through its high-speed data connection provided by the High-
Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN). HPWREN
provides 155 megabits per second (OC-3 capacity) terrestrial microwave
links that network Palomar Observatory to the rest of the world.
This high-speed connectivity is essential for current and future
research programs at Palomar, but it also provides the necessary
bandwidth to allow for this and other live broadcasts to take place
from the observatory.
In honor of the 400th anniversary of Galileo first using his
astronomical telescope, 2009 has been designated as the International
Year of Astronomy. The 100 Hours of Astronomy event is a global
star party that is a cornerstone event of this year-long celebration
The live webcast will begin on 3 April 2009 at 02:00 a.m. Pacific
Daylight Time with the telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, before
moving westwards around the planet. The event ends on 4 April 2009,
02:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Palomar Observatory's portion of
the event is scheduled to begin at 1:40 a.m. on April 4th. The
live video webcast will be available on the 100 Hours of Astronomy