Total lunar eclipse viewable with the naked eye

Photo: Bishop Museum

All eyes on the skies Monday night as the moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse.

If you’re looking to head outside to get a glimpse, there’s some wind you’ve got to worry about.

KHON2 wanted to know the best time to see it and from

You’ll be able to see the eclipse wherever you are including at Ala Moana Beach Park.

It can happen twice a year.

And that is when the moon passes into the earth’s shadow.

But a lunar eclipse isn’t guaranteed because there are several factors involved. That includes the alignment of the moon and earth, and the timing.

“The one tonight the timing is the best. it’s right at 8:00 till 11:30, essentially during prime time, the best hours you could ask for, for an evening event like this,” Bishop Museum Mike Shanahan said.

The eclipse will start at 6:53 p.m. Hawaii time, but it won’t be visible until 7:58. The total eclipse will take place from 9:06 until 10:24. That’s when the moon will be very dark and possibly blood red.

“And that’s caused by the earth’s atmosphere that the red light goes through the earth’s atmosphere and reaches the moon and most of the blue light gets scattered out,” UH Institute for Astronomy Bob McLaren said.

The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is packing up its telescopes and binoculars for the event. There are free viewing events including one at Kapiolani Park.

But experts say you don’t need any kind of special equipment or glasses to see the eclipsed moon, you’ll be able to see it with the naked eye

Experts also tell me, it will be easier to see other objects in the sky as well.

Normally when the moon is full, the sky is quite bright so it’s hard to see stars or constellations, during the eclipsed moon, when it’s not as bright, the stars will be more evident.The last time we saw a total lunar eclipse here was almost two and a half years ago. Although this is the start of a phase where we are going to have four total eclipses of the moon in a row. Every six months or so,” said Shanahan.

So if you miss Monday night’s event, you won’t have to wait long for the next one. Hawaii residents will get to see another total lunar eclipse in October.

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