Lunar eclipse blues? Google is offering a bunch of options for astronomy fans marooned in North America.
The very first lunar eclipse of 2011 –– and also the longest lunar eclipse since 2000 –– will begin Wednesday afternoon at around 1:24 EDT. For space lovers and astronomy geeks, that is the good news. This is the bad news: The lunar eclipse will only be visible to people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Just about everywhere, in other words, but North America.
Which has really, really bummed out the tech team at Google. "[W]hen 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," Noel Gorelick, Google's "Chief Extraterrestrial Observer," wrote in a blog post today.
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