Google+: Fraser Cain’s Virtual Star Party
INTERVIEWER: Just angle it a little, uh, down.
Towards the lens. There you go. GARY: Like that? OK. Frasier loves a rosette
so we always go to that when it’s in view. FRASER: I love science. I love communicating
and exploring about space and astronomy. I want other people to enjoy this stuff as much
as I do. FRASER: My first instinct is always to set
up the telescope and just go – you look first. So when Google Plus came out I thought wouldn’t
it be cool if we could get a telescope streaming an image right into the hangout. FRASER: And Mike’s got just this monstrous
telescope that he’s built himself. MIKE: And I hadn’t even done a hang out
yet and I’m like this actually sounds really intriguing, right. It’s telescopes, it’s
computers. Let’s figure this out, let’s try it. FRASER: He emailed me and he said “I think
I’ve got it working” and he invited me into a hangout and there it was. You know,
there was the moon. I was hanging out with the moon.
That was when I knew we could do anything. You know, let’s get more telescopes. Let’s
get different points of view. FRASER: Everyone this is Umair. He’s based
in Pakistan and we’ve got Peter who’s in Australia.
We’re getting people from Mexico and South America and South Africa. Malaysia.
Hey, there’s Pamela. PAMELA: Hey Fraser. FRASER: And now suddenly there’s a way,
with almost no effort, we’re able to bring all of these people together and put on a
show. GARY: (Laughter) Too close. FRASER: Everyone good to go? I’m going to
click on start broadcast. We’re public in 3 2 1. Hi everybody. Once again we’re going
to have our Virtual Star Party. Working the telescopes tonight we’ve got
Stuart Foreman, he’s the one showing the moon right now. We’ve got Gary Gonnella,
what’s your view Gary? GARY: The Monkeyhead, it’s in the upper
part of Orion. FRASER: That’s really cool. PAMELA: If we were looking at this image in
color what we’d see is this is a beautiful red nebula. PETER: It’s beautiful. FRASER: Well, I think everyone’s ready but
Mike. And no pressure Mike. Oh, I think I see something. Can you move it a little down
Mike. There it is. Oh man, look at that. Don’t ever change cameras please (laughter) MIKE: Just being in contact with these people.
Just talking to people. Some that you don’t know, that you’re getting to know. Even
though they’re, you know, three time zones and thousands of miles away. GARY: Somebody to share with. You know, it’s
nice when I look at my pictures and know I did it. It’s wonderful, but to share it
with somebody. FRASER: Being able to look out into space
gives us context for how we live in our day to day experience. It shows us that we’re
part of this bigger universe. Alright so Gary, you’ve got the rosette
for me? GARY: I do. FRASER: I mean for us. I mean for us, for
everyone to see (laughter). Not just me.