Hawaii will be in a prime spot for the first of two total lunar eclipses this year, weather permitting.
Monday night, the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. The total phase will last 78 minutes, beginning at 9:07 p.m. HST and ending at 10:25 p.m.
According to the Bishop Museum Planetarium, the eclipse technically starts at 6:53 p.m., shortly after the full moon rises at 6:42 p.m. However, you won't see any change in the moon's appearance.
At 7:58 p.m., the partial phase will begin, and from that point on you should start to notice a change in the moon as it begins to cross into the deep inner shadow of the Earth. Depending on weather conditions, the darkened part of the moon could look reddish or black.
The total phase of the eclipse will begin at 9:07 p.m., when entire moon will enter Earth's dark inner shadow at 9:06 p.m. The moon will be very dark at this point. The planetarium said the moon will be very dark. Sometimes it turns deep red, sometimes it seems to vanish entirely. The total phase of the lunar eclipse will end at 10:25 p.m., when the moon begins to move out of the dark shadow.
Another total lunar eclipse will happen over Hawaii on the night of October 7-8. The partial phase will begin at 11:14 p.m. October 7, with totality at 12:25 a.m. on October 8.
The Bishop Museum is hosting an eclipse viewing party. Doors open at 7:30p. It's free to members, $8 for non-member adults, and $6 for non-member children ages 4-12. The entire museum will be open, and there will be telescopes set up on the lawn for viewing.
The Institute for Astronomy will host free gatherings at Kapiolani Park and at Kahuku Public Library.