Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lunar eclipse: Google doodle, photos document the rare red moon.

Lunar eclipses are a rarity, but thanks to modern technology, there are a few ways to get in on the red-moon action for those who missed seeing the astronomical event as it happened.'s home page on Wednesday features a Google Doodle (as the tech giant likes to call the logo on its search engine site) that mimics the eclipse with photos of the actual event itself. A click and a push of the slider under the doodle moves the images from a white moon to red and back to white again, replicating the Earth's shadow passing by.
Google also added a downloadable Kml layer to Google Earth that replicates the eclipse, and its red hue due to exhaust from an erupting volcano in Chile, in the mapping software.
Our colleagues over at the L.A. Times' photography blog Framework have also posted photos of the total eclipse of the moon, for those who missed the sights, which took place about 11:20 a.m. PDT.
The eclipse lasted for more than an hour, and was only visible in the sky to people in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and Europe. North Americans however were able to watch a live stream of the event on YouTube (see below).
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Image: A screenshot of Google's lunar eclipse doodle for June 15, 2011. Credit: Google

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