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How to Watch the Only Total Lunar Eclipse This Year in Hawai'i

How to Watch the Only Total Lunar Eclipse This Year in Hawai'i”

As with any stargazing the darker the location you are viewing from, the better, but this Moon will be super bright so even those in cities will be able to see the eclipse occur.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

Spiritual Adviser Rose Smith says the "Super Blood Wolf Moon" will have a significant impact on all our lives.

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It's considered a "supermoon" because the moon will reach its closest orbital point to Earth, making it appear 10 to 15 percent bigger than usual.

On the other side of the orbit, the moon is 251,904 miles away from Earth - this is apogee, and the moon looks smaller (hence the nickname "micromoon"). It should also appear red (a blood moon) as the light from the moon passes through our atmosphere which unfortunately is full of dust and pollution.

"It's one of those events that every time you see an eclipse, every time you see Saturn's rings, every time you see one of these things in the night sky, it sticks with you", he said. As light from the sun travels and refracts through the Earth's atmosphere, the moon will have a red-orange tint. The Moon will start to darken at 2.35am with full eclipse beginning at 4.40am. Wolf moon is a Native American name for the first full moon of the year.

The final stages will begin shortly after that with the whole astronomical event wrapping up shortly before 1 a.m. Monday morning.

Unlike a solar eclipse, the lunar eclipse is safe to view with a pair of binoculars or can be seen with the naked eye.

This longest lunar eclipse to take place this century will be visible in the US, Canada, South America, parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Moon is below the horizon on Maui some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible. In this situation, the sun is behind the earth and the moon is situated in the earth's shadow. Instead, sunlight that reflects off the moon's surface and travels to Earth.

This weekend will bring the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.

STARGAZERS will be setting their alarm clocks on Monday morning to catch a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse.

Because Sunday night's is only the third consecutive full lunar eclipse, and the next eclipse later this year - July 16 - will be only partial, this sequence is not a lunar tetrad. It is believed that eating foods during the lunar eclipse may have harmful effects on the body.

"During the January 2018 eclipse, we had to watch from the observatory deck because we had to be high enough", Greenhouse said.



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