As skywatchers in parts of Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia witnessed the first total lunar eclipse of 2011 (and the longest in nearly 11 years), Google decided to let those who missed out witness their own 'lunar eclipse' with this innovative new doodle.

The company's home page featured a "live" doodle showing a live feed of the lunar eclipse from images from robotic telescope service Slooh. Users can also use the slider below to control the various phases of the eclipse.