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June 15, 2011 11:58 AM   Subscribe

Google broadcasting today's Lunar Eclipse real-time. With play by play commentary on the action.

And sidebar comments. Dynamically updated on homepage.
posted by humannaire (40 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Seems like google can't handle the load.
posted by empath at 12:00 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Google, it does nothing!
posted by Splunge at 12:01 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Fuhgoogleboutit.
posted by punkfloyd at 12:04 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just slide, you?
posted by clavdivs at 12:04 PM on June 15, 2011


Something's blocking my Internets!
posted by carsonb at 12:11 PM on June 15, 2011


The event is full! No one else can fit on the moon.
posted by jeather at 12:14 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Lunar eclipse -> sudden weakness.

Google is a werewolf.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 12:15 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


How about here?
posted by MtDewd at 12:17 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yes, here it comes, this plucky little satellite, some say 4.6 billion years old, others claim less than six millennia and we can already tell it's eager to put on a great show for us here today.
posted by boo_radley at 12:18 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow: "Google is a werewolf."

That! Would! Be! Solar! Solar Eclipse! GOOD DAY!
posted by boo_radley at 12:19 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's a beta eclipse so you'll need an invite and a Google login to see it.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 12:21 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


During the eclipse, Google will also have a camera on the oceans, as they boil and turn to blood. On the wheatfields as they wither and die. On the cities as they crumble in chaos. "Don't be evil," for what is mere evil compared to these horrors unleashed which shall melt men's minds in their head. What is evil compared to what rises from the depths even now!
posted by griphus at 12:23 PM on June 15, 2011


live on youtube? cool.

[ESOTERIC PUN ABOUT THE MULHOLLAND DRIVE THREAD]
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:30 PM on June 15, 2011


Got in. The announcers are poking fun at the faked moon landing conspiracies.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 12:30 PM on June 15, 2011


Better GUI version (also apparently from Google).
posted by charlie don't surf at 12:33 PM on June 15, 2011


Wow, the live comments are like Youtube comments in real-time. Oh wait, I guess they are.
posted by Dr-Baa at 12:35 PM on June 15, 2011


You can also watch on an Android device.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 12:41 PM on June 15, 2011


I love that it's sponsored by Transformers 3.
posted by antifuse at 12:44 PM on June 15, 2011


The debate going on right now about the moon landing program and the relative sanity of the astronauts afterwords this pretty hilarious.

Astronauts are utterly nuts to begin with. They're just better at hiding it and pretending they're not. But you'd have to be a lot crazier than most to climb into a 20 story tall frozen stick of high explosives fully intending to light it off.
posted by loquacious at 12:57 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]




Waaaaaait, it's sunny out right now, I don't see no blood-red moon. I call shenanigans.

[I kid, I kid. I know there's no such thing as "The Moon" as the Cabal likes to call it. Wake up sheeple! It's daytime!]
posted by not_on_display at 1:24 PM on June 15, 2011


Seems like google can't handle the load.
Sky Watchers Association Of North Bengal (SWAN) live webcast.
posted by ericb at 1:33 PM on June 15, 2011


SWAN webcast is 'clouded out.'
posted by ericb at 1:34 PM on June 15, 2011


It's nice to see Celestia is letting Luna play with the moon again.
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:36 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


In related astronomy news: Scientists predict rare 'hibernation' of sunspots.
posted by ericb at 1:36 PM on June 15, 2011


a 20 story tall frozen stick of high explosives

A rocket can be defined as "a bomb with a hole poked in on end".
posted by Trurl at 1:45 PM on June 15, 2011


For background music, I recommend this.
posted by herbplarfegan at 1:47 PM on June 15, 2011


A rocket can be defined as "a bomb with a hole poked in on end".
posted by Trurl


My youthful experiments in model rocketry proved the inverse of that is also true: a bomb can be defined as a rocket with a too-small hole poked in one end.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:39 PM on June 15, 2011


Double post.
posted by dhartung at 2:47 PM on June 15, 2011


Inconstant moon.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 3:21 PM on June 15, 2011


I watched it out my window. No server trouble there. Bit cloudy, but a lovely red at the peak.
posted by chavenet at 3:51 PM on June 15, 2011


Um.... so the link in the FPP just takes me to an ad for Google Instant Pages? What am I missing here?
posted by hippybear at 3:52 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


for those interested in the eclipse, it has already happened in the southern hemisphere. a couple of good pics on the sydney morning herald
posted by kitchenrat at 4:00 PM on June 15, 2011


Live commentary on an eclipse?

Okay the moon... it's getting a bit smaller.... smaller ... smaller... still getting smaller.... okay, now it's gone .... aannnnddd .............. back. Bigger now. bigger ..................... and there it is. All back now.
posted by Sebmojo at 4:24 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lunar eclipses -are- like paint drying. The commentary was enjoyable, featuring astronomer Bob Berman ... who, like an astronaut, had to be 'utterly nuts to begin with' to take on commenting on a 4-hour paint dry - but did very well, especially when two sidekicks dropped in to toss the ball around. MORE!
posted by Twang at 8:15 PM on June 15, 2011


The show is done, now the link is just pure spam. Not the best of the web. Flagged. In the future, let me know about these damn things in advance, so I can see them. mmmkay?
posted by Goofyy at 9:45 PM on June 15, 2011


for those interested in the eclipse, it has already happened in the southern hemisphere.

A lunar eclipse happens for everybody on earth at the same time.
posted by Pendragon at 12:29 AM on June 16, 2011




A lunar eclipse happens for everybody on earth at the same time.

Nooooooooot
quite. Because the moon and the earth are both moving, there are some spots that see action before others.

Lunar eclipses -are- like paint drying.

Yeah, the whole thing is. But still seeing a glimpse of one is cool -- I saw the one we had in the Northern Hemisphere back in....2004, I think; I was working on a play, and the theater had a terrace with a great view of the sky, and the eclipse was at its peak about a half hour after the curtain call so a bunch of us went out there for a look after everyone had gotten out of costumes and such. I just remember seeing the moon turned this gorgeous brilliant red color.

It was also one of the Red Sox/Yankees playoff games leading up to the world series, so there may have been a few Red Sox fans in our group who took the red color as a cosmic omen. But I promise we felt silly doing so.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:19 AM on June 16, 2011


Lunar eclipses -are- like paint drying.

Yeah, the whole thing is.


Oh, I dunno. I saw a lunar eclipse quite a while back where the moon was pretty high in the sky right as the sun was setting, and the shadow of the Earth was creeping across the moon exactly as the sun was moving below the horizon, and I had this pretty cosmic MOMENT where it was completely obvious what the mechanics of the system was.

I mean... THERE was the light source, THERE was the object that the light source was shining on, and THERE was the edge of the shadow creeping across that object as the light source moved out of view from my vantage point.

The sense of there being three things involved and that I was on the middle one as it moved between the other two was completely astounding. And while I've been a lazy lay astronomer most of my life (Clyde Tombaugh used to have me over to his backyard to look at the stars when I was a kid), that particular moment during that lunar eclipse changed my life and worldview permanently.

I've had very few times in my life when all that astrophysics stuff was made so incredibly concrete and presented itself so perfectly. I have goosebumps just typing this comment about it.
posted by hippybear at 5:18 PM on June 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


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