Live nude planets!

Rachel Hobson says: "Who needs to watch a web cam of baby pandas when you can watch Venus live?

Live sunWelcome to the Public Observatory channel, where you can see live video of the Sun, moon, or the planets taken through one of our telescopes. The Public Observatory is located at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

This month, the Observatory is open to visitors from 1-3 p.m. EDT, Wednesday through Saturday, weather permitting. During these hours we will often stream live video through one of our telescopes so that you can see what we're looking at!

Smithsonian Public Observatory Project


  1. Dude, if I’m gonna watch live nude planets then at least point the telescope at one with a decent moon.

  2. Excellent. 

    Anyone know of a similar feed farther west, to watch the transit of Venus coming up on the 5th?  Next one is in 2117 I think.

    Also, don’t forget, solar eclipse coming up this Sunday!

  3. Apparently they need someone to stand there and hold the webcam up to the eyepiece, so they can’t stream during the 22 hours a day the observatory is closed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  4. Five comments, and nobody makes a joke about that headline and “Uranus”? You’re all crap.

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