During a lunar eclipse, the Earth aligns itself between the full moon and the sun, covering the lunar surface in shadow. Google posted up a great homepage doodle that allows users to follow the eclipse live. The Google doodle updated every two minutes throughout the event.
“Starting now, see the latest state of the lunar eclipse on our homepage – thanks @slooh for the imagery,” Google tweeted.
Since 2003 Slooh.com has provided access to live telescopes from around the world with more than 1.3 million photos of 35,000 unique objects and events in the night sky.
Wednesday’s eclipse is also notable for how long it will last. “The total phase itself lasts 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000,” astrophysicist Fred Espenak wrote in NASA’s eclipse guide for 2011.