The total solar eclipse which spanned across the width of the United States is a once in a lifetime occurrence and to mark this phenomenon, Google has created this fine doodle which features two aliens in their spaceships playing with the moon which is covers the sun every time they bounce it away on each other. This has been created to mark the Great American Eclipse which is being observed on August 21. When you click on the doodle, it lands you on a page which is filled with information of what eclipse is all about and every other detail related to its occurrence.
In the Eclipse of August 21st, that is today, scientists will understand the corona and its relationship to space weather. Corona or the sun’s outer crown is what grabs the attention of the astronomers during the total blackout- the corona of the sun is so bright that even satellites can’t gaze straight at the sun.While artificial eclipses are used by scientists to study the phenomenon, nothing can match a real one like that of today. It is unusual as it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.
An eclipse takes place when the moon passes between the earth and the sun hence this blocks the sun’s rays leading to darkness. The totality can only be experienced if we are standing right in the centre of the moon’s shadow on Earth. Its been 99 years since the last total solar eclipse crossed the width the United States. The Earth, moon and sun lineup perfectly every one to three years, briefly turning day into night for a sliver of the planet. But these sights normally are in no man’s land, like the vast Pacific or Earth’s poles. This is the first eclipse of the social media era to pass through such a heavily populated area, AP reveals. The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be in 2024. The next coast-to-coast one will not be until 2045.