Tonight’s total lunar eclipse will be the first one visible here in Hawaii for several years. We did have a partial eclipse back on June 25. That’s assuming that the weather cooperates of course. It’s been pretty wild here the past two days.
The stormy weather brought two power outages at the Ala Moana shopping center, closure of the Honolulu Zoo and City Hall (Honolulu City Lights), an overwhelmed Honolulu sewer system which burst manhole covers, crazy driving with people trying to avoid flooded streets, a large sinkhole in Honolulu, and a 150 lb boulder that fell off of Diamond Head and landed at the lighthouse. The planned viewing party at the Bishop Museum has been cancelled.
The eclipse falls on the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, something that hasn’t occurred in nearly 400 years. In addition, there is the concurrent Ursids meteor shower, which may be visible during the dimming of the moon.
The eclipse will first be visible here in Hawaii at about 8:30 this evening, and from 9:42 to 10:52 p.m., the total eclipse should create the appearance of dark red coloration on the moon. If we can see it at all.
I plan to be outside with camera and tripod, and perhaps an umbrella. If there’s anything other than rain to report, I’ll be back.
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