Google’s Gone Gaga For Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse

The lunar eclipse on Wednesday, June 15 is set to be the longest in more than 10 years. The lunar eclipse will only be visible to people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Just about everywhere, in other words, but North America. But for those of us trapped in North America will have a hard time seeing it. But never fear! Google is here! And you can watch the lunar eclipse via a Google-provided hook-up.

Live from Google’s home page, users can see a Google logo that illustrates the current position of the total lunar eclipse (taking place from 11:20 a.m. PT and lasting for over an hour). While users in select portions of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, and Asia can see the eclipse for themselves, the doodle allows anyone the whole world round to check out the current status.

Google has also hooked up with Slooh Space Camera, a kind of Web 2.0 astronomy club, to provide a live feed of the lunar eclipse. Interested? You’ve got some options. You can watch the eclipse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST on the Google YouTube channel. You can download the Slooh Android app. You can select the “sky” layer on Google Earth.

Or, best of all, you can navigate over to the Slooh-hosted “mission interface,” which is powered by the Google App Engine. With the mission interface, you’ll get some sleek-looking graphics, some cool effects, and also “audio narrations from real-life astronomers so you can hear a firsthand, expert account of the event.” Sounds pretty rad to us.

Happy lunar eclipse watching.


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