Earth's shadow darkens moon over islands in total lunar eclipse - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Earth's shadow darkens moon over islands in total lunar eclipse

Eclipse over Kihei, Maui. Photo by Maura Sindel Eclipse over Kihei, Maui. Photo by Maura Sindel

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii residents were treated to the sight of a total lunar eclipse just before dawn Saturday.

The eclipse began at 2:45 a.m., when the moon began to enter the shadow of the earth. The total phrase of the eclipse lasted from 4:10 a.m. to 4:55 a.m., when the moon began to emerge from the shadow.

The moon turned red during totality, because while the earth's atmosphere blocks most of the sun's light, longer wavelengths of red light are able to get through and continue to hit the moon.

The next total lunar eclipse won't be until 2014.

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