Google has implemented possibly our favourite doodle ever to celebrate last night’s lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse is when the Earth blocks the sun’s rays from hitting the moon, and last night’s was the longest in over a decade, with the totality (the moon’s face being completely blocked) lasting around a hundred minutes.
The interactive doodle turns the second O of the Google logo into the moon, and shows the sun passing across as a slider below the logo.
You can manually pull the slider to any point, and then watch the moon go gradually darker and then brown/red just as it does in real life. Pretty cool.
The moon is the fifth largest satellite in the solar system – Jupiter’s Ganymede is the biggest, around 50% larger in terms of diameter, and actually larger than the planet Mercury. Although the moon is the largest in size relative to the planet it orbits.