The first lunar eclipse in about three years, and the longest in a decade, should be in full swing right about now. But if you're anywhere in the Americas or parts of Asia, you won't be able to see it. That's too bad, because it's one of the coolest and weirdest ones in a while. The moon turned a deep shade of red, thanks to a heavy concentration of ash from the Chilean volcano eruption that started June 4 and continues today.
But that's not the only reason today's eclipse is unique. It also marks what the Los Angeles Times called "a coming-out party of sorts" for the partnership between Google and the online stargazing community Slooh, which started working together back in October 2010. Part of that partnership has Slooh, which contracts with telescopes and observatories worldwide, offering a layer in Google Sky, the stargazing component of Google Earth. For the duration of the eclipse, it also means the Google homepage doodle incorporates a live feed of the red moon, and a feed is available at Youtube.