MANILA, PHILIPPINES — If you’re a fan of astronomy or Google Search Easter Eggs in general, here’s one that checks both boxes.
By simply typing “meteorite” in the Google Search engine homepage, people can see a meteorite animation passing by their screens and then landing on the lower right portion. The impact also shakes the screen a bit to complete the experience.
The Easter Egg also works by typing in “Chicxulub” or “Chicxulub crater” in the search bar. Chicxulub refers to the phenomenon that marked one of the most catastrophic events in the earth’s history some 66 million years ago, when an asteroid slammed into the sea just offshore of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
The impact triggered a sequence of events that led to some 75% of animal and plant species being extinct.
Several organizations shared about the Google Search Meteorite on social media including the European Space Agency and the Earth Shaker Philippines, a local youth-oriented science org.
Easter eggs are a fun way for site creators to make the user’s experience more exciting. These are little hidden features that when interacted with have an entertaining result. Google enjoys creating these hidden gems in hopes that users discover them. Google’s Easter Eggs span across games, search terms, and knowledge panels.