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Google Doodle shows the total lunar eclipse in real time

Google Doodle shows the total lunar eclipse in real time

first_imgThough it’s no Les Paul Guitar Google Doodle, Google currently has a live doodle of the 100-minute-long lunar eclipse that has already started. Those of us in the U.S. are out of luck this time around and won’t be able to view the total lunar eclipse, which is the longest lunar eclipse in 100 years, but people in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Australia will have a great view. Whether or not you can see the eclipse in person, you can check out Google for an interactive doodle.Google is showing the eclipse in (almost) real-time from cameras in South Africa, Dubai, and the Canary Islands. The picture will update ever two minutes, so make sure to hit your refresh button to see the updated moon. The process of the entire eclipse takes five hours, but the moon will be overshadowed for 100 minutes. If you check into Google a little too late, you can simply click on the slider and see the eclipse in action in a time-lapse.AdChoices广告The images come courtesy of Slooh, the astronomy site that Google teamed up with to do the sky images for the Google Earth Sky layer. Slooh’s footage is also being streamed on Google-owned YouTube and you can download an Android app to view the eclipse on Google phones. Google pretty much owns this total lunar eclipse.If you happen to miss today’s lunar eclipse, and Google’s doodle of the eclipse, there will be another total lunar eclipse on December 10, 2011, and this one will be visible to those of us in the U.S.Wondering how to watch the total lunar eclipse? Check out our suggestions here.last_img read more