Slooh, the online Space Camera, will deliver a live feed of tonight’s total lunar eclipse through Sky in Google Earth.
This will be the first total lunar eclipse in three years and will be an especially rare event, as the full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth on the winter solstice, the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
The total eclipse of the moon will begin at 1:32 am Eastern Standard Time on December 21 and will be visible only throughout North America and Central America.
The online broadcast of the eclipse will make viewing possible for people trapped by urban light pollution, as well as those on the other continents.
Launched in October 2010, the Slooh Space Camera layer in Google Earth is a live astronomy feature that brings the power of live space exploration to Google’s global audience.
In addition to teaming up with Google to broadcast the total lunar eclipse through Sky in Google Earth, Slooh is also partnering with TSS Media to broadcast the eclipse on its 5,000 foot video screen in Times Square in New York City on Tuesday, December 21 between 2 and 3:18 am.
Additionally, NASA will be hosting Web chats about the eclipse and feeding it live at NASA.gov/WatchTheSkies.
Slooh’s patented instant imaging technology makes astronomical objects appear like Polaroid images over the course of 5-minute missions.
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