How to see the only total moon eclipse this year in Hawai'i – Honolulu Magazine – January 2019

If you miss it on Sunday, January 20, you will have to wait until 2021.

By Christi Young


Total Lunar Eclipse NASA

This was the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014. This year, we only have the opportunity to see one.
Photo: NASA Ames Research Center | Brian Day

Generally, there are about two to four lunar eclipses each year. But the only one that Hawaii will see in 2019 will be especially good. On Sunday, January 20, we will see a total lunar eclipse, the only one this year. And it will happen when the moon is a so-called supermoon, which means that it is full at a time when it is closer to the Earth, so the moon seems larger than normal. Others call it epically long. "wolf moon super blood" Because: it's super, lunar eclipses are sometimes called "blood moons" Because the moon appears red, the full moons in January are known as "wolves of wolf" in some cultures because the wolves would howl it in winter and, I suppose, because werewolves and that genre are in trend.

We went to the Bishop Museum to get tips for catching this event early in the evening.

First, go out during the sunset. The Bishop Museum says that the moon is in the shadow of the earth shortly after it rises. So this year, in fact, the eclipse will begin while the moon is still below our horizon. here's the timeline:

6:14 p.m.. – The sun will start to set.

6:41 p.m.-The total eclipse begins.

7:12 p.m.-The biggest point of the eclipse.

7:43 p.m.-The total eclipse ends.

Total moon eclipse from NASA

The total eclipse of the moon in July 2000 lasted almost two hours.
Photo: fred espenak | NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Keep in mind that the moon will only be about 13 degrees above the horizon. The website of the Bishop Museum Explain this as about the height of a fist, with the thumb not tucked in, held directly in front of you. (Note that a shaka, written in mainland China sites as "a clenched fist with the thumb and pinky extended,"It's about 25 degrees. Therefore, you will have to be in a place where you have a clear and uninterrupted view from the east to the horizon.

Some weekend weather reports are calling for possible rains, so the clouds could cover the moment. He says you can still see him through the Virtual telescope project (Just be ready to click on a few pop-up ads).

If you miss it, mark your calendar for the next total lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021.

The moongazers take note, we will see the supermoons also on February 19 and March 21 of this year.

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