Ka Nupepa Kuokoa: The moon like a red ball, Feb. 1, 1907

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 5, Aoao 8. Feberuari 1, 1907.
Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 5, Aoao 8. Feberuari 1, 1907.

A clipping from Ka Nupepa Kuokoa on Feb. 1, 1907 reports on a lunar eclipse that was seen in Hawaii over a century ago.

“On the night of this past Monday a lunar eclipse was seen; the beginning of the eclipse began at two in the morning, and eventually almost the entire circle of the moon was covered in darkness.

This Monday night was nice and clear, and it was possible to see perfectly the start of the eclipse from one side of the moon all the way until the entire moon was covered. When you saw the moon then, it looked like a red ball. The moon stood directly overhead at the time of the eclipse.”

Image from Fred Espenak at http://www.mreclipse.com/
What to look for during Monday’s total lunar eclipse
(Photo: Fred Espenak)

Nupepa-Hawaii.com is a website that posts articles from historic Hawaiian-language newspapers to try and show the range of information they presented from Hawaii’s past.

The administrator of the site says he hopes the site will encourage the community to question why much of the information in these newspapers was left out of the histories of these islands, and for these historic documents to give us a clearer understanding of why Hawaii is the way it is today.

The administrator purposely didn’t want to be named because he wants to “make the voices in the newspaper the focus of my blog, and not me.”

According to timeanddate.com, there was a partial lunar eclipse that was visible through much of Asia and the islands in the Pacific early Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 1907.

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