Lunar Eclipse Google Doodle Tracks Entire Event

Posted on Jun 15 2011 - 10:49pm by Richard Sharp

Googlers will have noticed a new Google Doodle this evening which has been put in place to document the total Lunar Eclipse this evening. The Lunar Eclipse lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes and the Doodle automatically updates to show the progress.

Initially the animated Google Doodle cycles through the entire eclipse, when it stops the actual phase which could be seen if you poked your head out of the window. The Google homepage isn’t the only place where the eclipse can be seen, Google is streaming the event live on YouTube.

As usual if you click on the Doodle you are taken to the results page on Google for ‘Lunar Eclipse’ with Wikipedia taking the top spot.

Google special projects leader, Noel Gorelick explained their excitement with the project, “Naturally, when we learned that part of the world will be treated to a rare 100-minute long total lunar eclipse, we were both excited and disappointed that this rare occasion wouldn’t be visible from our Mountain View campus like last year’s eclipse.”

This Lunar Google Doodle is a welcome sight in the UK, many stargazers have been left disappointed because of the Great British weather. Unfortunately cloudy and lunar eclipses don’t provide much of an experience but at least the Doodle and YouTube can provide a taste of the action.

What do you think of this evenings Google Doodle?

source: Google

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