Watch for moon eclipse tonight

LIHUE — People in Hawaii should be able to experience the total moon eclipse tonight.

According to the Time and Date website, the total lunar eclipse will be fully visible in Honolulu, weather conditions permitting.

Sometimes called a blood moon because the moon turns red, the moon rises at 6:07 p.m., but the combination of a low moon and the total eclipse phase will make the moon so dim that it will be extremely difficult to view until the moon gets higher in the sky, or the total phase ends.

Eclipse viewers are suggested to find vantage points where free sight to the east and northeast are available.

The total eclipse is starting at 6:41 p.m., with the total eclipse taking place at 7:12 p.m. when the moon is closest to the center of the sun’s shadow. The eclipse will be over by 7:43 p.m.

The event will take place as the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow, and as this takes place, sunlight is refracted by the Earth’s atmosphere, bending around the earth to faintly illuminate the moon in a warm red light that has given it the blood moon name.

The National Weather Service is forecasting mostly sunny conditions for today with south winds 6 to 10 mph and a 20 percent chance of precipitation. This is forecast to change to mostly cloudy conditions by tonight.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

1 Comments
  1. I saw a Vampire once January 20, 2019 1:11 am Reply

    If you know ET is +6 hours ahead of HT. This makes it a 4:30 p.m. HT when the eclipse starts. How did you come out with that?


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