Slooh in the UAE
Michael Paolucci, the founder of
Slooh, visited the University of Sharjah and the Sharjah Center for Astronomy
and Space Sciences and was impressed by all the accomplishments
in the space sciences sector at Sharjah. His HE Prof. Hamid Al-Naimy, the
Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and Director of SCASS, met Mr. Michael
Paolucci on July 16. The two discussed possible collaborations in making
astronomical observations easily accessed by the astronomy community worldwide
via a network of online telescopes.
Slooh is a robotic telescope
service that can be viewed live through a web browser with Flash plug-in. It is
an online astronomy platform with live-views and telescope rental for a fee.
Observations come from a global network of telescopes located in places
including Spain, Chile, and hopefully in the UAE.
Slooh makes offering astronomy
engaging and affordable for schools without the requisite equipment or
expertise on staff. The company provides direct access to astronomy educators and
real-time viewing and control of robotic telescopes, including seven telescopes
situated at one of the world’s top observatory sites. As Mr. Michaeld Paolucci
said: “With the dawn of the new space age, astronomy deserves more focus in
schools, particularly because it is fascinating and inspiring to students.”
Slooh is designed to empower the students in class as a part of the curriculum,
and also in a co-curricular or extracurricular manner so students can explore
space on their own with direct support from a pool of world-known astronomy
The name Slooh comes from the
word “slew” to indicate the movement of a telescope, modified with “ooh” to
express pleasure and surprise.