22 July 2018
Prof. Hamid M. K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and Director of SCASS, welcomed Michael Paolucci, Founder of Slooh, at the University of Sharjah and the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences. The two discussed possible collaboration in making astronomical observations easily accessed by the astronomy community worldwide via a network of online telescopes. During his visit to the UAE and SCASS, Mr. Paolucci was impressed by all the accomplishments of the space sciences sector in Sharjah.
It is worth noting that 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 students without the requiring equipment or expertise of 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. Michael 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.