Thursday, June 16, 2011

Google: Watch the lunar eclipse from anywhere

A rare total lunar eclipse will happen today, resulting in a blood red moon from Singapore time (GMT+8) 3.25am to 5am later today. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. Because the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, only red light from the Sun is able to reach the Moon's surface.

Google has made it possible for all to be able to witness the lunar eclipse. Google has worked with Slooh Space Camera to let you experience the spectacle wherever you are in the world, in real time.

Slooh will host a live mission interface using Google App Engine that lets anyone not lucky enough to live in certain areas (South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia) take part in this rare astronomical event. It’s equipped with audio narrations from real-life astronomers so you can hear a firsthand, expert account of the event. You can also watch the live stream on the Google YouTube Channel or from the Sky layer in Google Earth (download this kml), while exploring the fascinating world that exists in our galaxy. Finally, those of you on the go can download the Slooh Space Camera Android app to view the images right on your phone.

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