With Comet ISON getting closer to the Sun by the minute, NASA has set up a Google Hangout to follow the event live.
You can join it here, between 7PM and 9:30PM CET
The Hangout description reads: “NASA scientists will answer your questions LIVE on air here on Google+, in the YouTube comments section during the live broadcast, or via Twitter using #ISON and #askNASA.”
Participants in this Hangout include:
- C. Alex Young, Solar Physicist, Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division and co-founder of The Sun Today – NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- W. Dean Pesnell, Solar Physicist and Project Scientist for the Solar Dynamics Observatory – NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- Karl Battams, Comet Scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, and solar spacecraft lead for NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign, joining from Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona, where the solar telescope will be observing ISON.
- Phil Plait, writes Slate’s ‘Bad Astronomy’ blog and is an astronomer, science evangelizer, and author of the books “Bad Astronomy” and “Death from the Skies!“
More on ISON
It may have taken more than a million years of travel to reach the inner solar system but when Comet ISON passes by the sun the show should be worth waiting for.
ISON, named after the International Scientific Optical Network project will get as close as one million kilometres from the sun’s surface.
But scientists aren’t sure how it will hold up – if the heat doesn’t kill it, the sun’s gravity may rip it apart.