Here are all the popular Google Doodle games you can play right now

Google announced back in April that it would be reviving its most popular Google Doodle games. Here are all the games you can play as of today, 5 May.

Here are all the popular Google Doodle games you can play right now

Without most of the world’s population in lockdown or isolation, keeping boredom at bay has been a challenge. Watching rocket launches and ISS footage can only go so far. What you need now is the most popular Google Doodle games.

Google said in a statement in April that Doodle game series will be looking back at some fan-favourite games. So far, we’ve not been disappointed by the offering.

I’ve personally lost more hours to Coding for Carrots than I care to admit, but let’s move on… Here are some of the most popular Google Doodle games, and a bit of history to give perspective. We will update this article weekly.

Popular Google Doodle games: Fan-favourites

Coding for Carrots

Coding for Carrots was first released in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Logo, the first-ever programming language designed for use by children.

It introduces children to the world of Scratch programming, which the game is loosely based upon. Players advance by helping the bunny collect carrots by using coding techniques to connect blocks of computer code.

“With today’s Doodle – the first coding Doodle ever – we celebrate fifty years of coding languages for kids by “Coding for Carrots.” In the interactive Doodle, you program and help a furry friend across six levels in a quest to gather its favourite food by snapping together coding blocks.”

Cricket (or, CrickHit)

CrickHit was also released in 2017, to celebrate the same years ICC Champions Trophy which took place at the Oval. In this game, you play cricket, as a cricket.

It’s a relatively simple but be warned, you’re going to see hours of your life go down the bat. of the confusing English sport but it’s very addictive.

In addition, it was Google Doodle’s smallest interactive Doodle ever. The team made it mini on purpose so that everyone could enjoy the game; even those playing or slower mobile connections.

Fischinger

Fischinger was released in 2017 to celebrate the 117th birthday of Oskar Fischinger, the influential filmmaker and visual artist. The game lets you make music, and that already is a win in our books.

Rockmore

Rockmore was released some four years ago to celebrate violinist and foremost theremin performer, Clara Rockmore’s 105th birthday.

The game also lets you create music by moving your finger or mouse cursor over on-screen notes to create music on a virtual theremin.

Garden Gnomes

Garden Gnomes was released back in in 2018 to celebrate Garden Day in Germany, as well as the European nations love of gnomes.

All you have to do is fling a Garden Gnome from a trebuchet and compete in gaining the high scores. What’s not to like!

What is a Google Doodle game?

First up, what is a Google Doodle game, you ask? Google describes it as a “temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage to mark a special occasion.

Moreover, the first-ever Google Doodle was designed in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The doodle was created to honour The Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada.

Since then, Google Doodles were created consistently – by a team of people called Doodlers – to mark historical events. By 2019, the team created more than 4 000 doodles.

Also read – Google searches for ‘coronavirus helpers’ skyrocket amid lockdown

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Halley’s Comet meteor shower 2020: Here’s how to see Eta Aquarids tonight

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight 5 May, from around 22:00 as Earth moves through the orbit of Halley's Comet. You could see up to 40 streaks per hour.

Halley’s Comet meteor shower 2020: Here’s how to see Eta Aquarids tonight

Just two weeks after the Lyrids meteor shower, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower shoots by. The meteor shower will peak on 5 and 6 May 2020 as Earth passes through the orbit of Halley’s Comet.

According to the Bronberg Weather Station in Pretoria, the Eta Aquariids meteor streams are groups of meteoroids originating from dust grains ejected from Comet 1P Halley.

Halley’s Comet will only be making its 31st return in 2061. However, you don’t have to wait 41 years for the comet to return, bits and pieces of Halley will rain down on Earth tonight, so to speak.

Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower: Here’s what you need to know

What is the Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower?

The meteoroids are distributed around the comet’s orbit. We get to see the meteors every time Earth passes through that stream of dust particles, or the debris left behind by the comet.

These pieces enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up. They create the meteor shower, or shooting stars, as we often refer to them. The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is known for producing the most intense meteor streams.

Halley’s Comet, officially known as 1P/Halley, was observed by Edmond Halley in 1682. It only passes through our region every 75 years. The last perihelion was in February 1986, and the next perihelion will be in 2061.

When is the best time to view the meteor shower

According to Bronberg Weather Station, the meteor shower is active between 19 April and 28 May. However, the peak time to view would be tonight, 5 May, from around 22:00.

On a clear night, you can expect to see 40 streaks an hour, but perhaps even more during the peak times. Keep looking east! Even if you miss it tonight, you might still see a few streaks up to 8 May.

While the Lyrids meteor shower was mostly visible to those in the northern hemisphere, us southern hemisphere folks are in the good seats for the Eta Aquariids meteor shower.

How’s the weather on Tuesday 5 May?

Visibility also depends on the weather and light pollution. According to Accuweather, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban will have clear skies tonight.

“This shower happens to be one of if not the best in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a moderate shower for the Northern Hemisphere.”.

AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger, Dave Samuhel

The best way to view the Eta Aquariids

Since we can’t get away from the city and light pollution, you are left with no other choice but to view from your garden, balcony or window. If you have a telescope, by all means, use it.

However, the meteor shower will be visible to the naked eye, providing your view isn’t obstructed by buildings or trees. But don’t look directly at the Lyra constellation either.

That would make the meteors appear to have short tails. Instead, look at the sky as a whole. The meteors will then be more likely to appear with a long tail.

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