Slooh in the UAE

16 Jul 2018

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 educators.

The name Slooh comes from the word “slew” to indicate the movement of a telescope, modified with “ooh” to express pleasure and surprise.

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