NASA hosting two online events for Blood Moon

(Photo: Fred Espenak aka Mr. Eclipse)
(Photo: Fred Espenak aka Mr. Eclipse)

On Monday night, Hawaii star gazers will be able to view the first total lunar eclipse visible anywhere on earth in more than two years.

The partial phase of the lunar eclipse is expected to start at 7:58 p.m., when the moon crosses into the earth’s shadow. Then at 9:06 p.m., the total phase of the eclipse begins. For the next 70 minutes, the earth will be directly between the sun and the moon.

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

NASA will host two online events for the eclipse.

The first event is on Monday, April 14 from 8-9 a.m. HST. NASA planetary scientist Renee Weber will be answering questions via a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) page that will be live around 7:45 a.m. HST.

Then NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams and astrophysicist Alphonse Sterling will answer questions via a live web chat on NASA’s website, beginning on April 14 at 7 p.m. HST and continuing through the end of the eclipse. You can join in on the chat at this link.

The Marshall Space Flight Center will also stream the eclipse live on Ustream.

Bishop Museum will hold a viewing event on the Great Lawn from 8-11:30 p.m. and volunteer-experts with the Hawaiian Astronomical Society will be on hand with telescopes. Special lunar eclipse programs will be held in the planetarium every half-hour and a 12.5-inch diameter telescope in the observatory will be available for moon watching. Tickets cost $8 for general admission, $6 for children ages 4-12 and free for museum members and can be reserved online.

University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy is also holding two viewing parties for the lunar eclipse from 7-11:30 p.m. at Kapiolani Park and Kahuku Public Library.

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