Thursday, June 16, 2011

Google Doodle shows Lunar Eclipse

Today Google home page is showing a Doodle for Lunar Eclipse.

Asia and the Middle East have enjoyed good views of a total lunar eclipse on June 15th.

Often the moon turns brown but this time it became a reddish, coppery-colour, tinged by light from the Sun.

Google showed the real-time footage, which came from cameras in South Africa, Dubai and the Canary Islands, and it was updated every two minutes.

Google had worked with the astronomy site Slooh to live-stream the eclipse.

Watch below the recorded Video of this Doodle.

Slooh claims to have members in 80 countries who have taken 1.3 million photos of 35,000 unique objects and events in the night sky since its launch on Dec. 25, 2003.

It is now in a initiative with Google Sky to Map the Universe and co-promote live astronomy.

A lunar eclipse will occur when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon.

This will happen only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. The lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon.

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