Today’s 100-Minute Lunar Eclipse Will Be Presented by the Internet


Alert: There will be a massive lunar eclipse, today, the first in 2011! It will start at 2:20 Eastern time. However, you won’t be able to actually see it in real life, unless you happen to live in the eastern portion of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia, or western Australia. North Americans have gotten screwed out this eclipse! Except, we happen to live in a time when the Internet knows no lunar eclipse bounds, and so, North Americans will be able to watch the lunar eclipse as long as they find themselves near a computer during some of the 100-minutes the eclipse will be eclipsing. Hooray for progress!

PC Mag gives a few ways to watch the eclipse, depending on your nerdliness/space fetishization level:

Slooh is hosting a live mission interface using Google App Engine, and it includes audio narrations from real-life astronomers, so you can hear a firsthand, expert account of the event.

You can watch the live stream on the Google YouTube Channel.

Or if you want to further explore the galaxy, you can view the eclipse from the sky layer in Google Earth after downloading a special plug-in.

Finally, you can get the free Slooh Space Camera Android app to view the images right on your phone.

Unless anyone happens to know someone in the eastern portion of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia, or western Australia, who would be willing to video-chat us while holding a laptop up to a window?

FYI: This will be a super-long eclipse, eclipsing the length of eclipses since July 2000! Total eclipse happens at 3:13 p.m. Eastern. For more about eclipses, check NASA’s lunar eclipse page.

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