Watch the April Fool’s Day Comet live

Slooh offers countdown coverage, viewer photo submissions, and a live viewing.
By | Published: March 31, 2017 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
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Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini- Kresák will pass Earth at 8:51 pm EDT on April 1, making history as the comet that comes closest to Earth to date.

Comet 41P was first discovered by Horance Tuttle in 1858, then was rediscovered in 1907 by Michel Giacobini and again in 1951 by Lubor Kresák. will be watching the comet through telescopes at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and will be live streaming the event for others to experience.

To prepare for the comet, Slooh will also be doing a countdown on March 31st where astronomers will discuss all sorts of comet-related topics including: comets creating life, cultural history of comets, comets in art and literature, and much more.

Anyone who wants to ask Slooh questions or submit their own photos of the comet can tweet them to @Slooh. The comet countdown will begin Friday, March 31st at 5:30 pm PDT. A special broadcast presented in Spanish will follow the show.