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Hawaii will get front row seat to rare 'blue moon' total lunar eclipse

Here's a look at a previous lunar eclipse. (Image: Johannes Schedler) Here's a look at a previous lunar eclipse. (Image: Johannes Schedler)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Something that happens "once in a blue moon" is pretty rare.

And a blue moon total lunar eclipse, well, that hasn't happened in 150 years.

But at the end of the month, Hawaii will have a front row seat to the celestial phenomenon, as the moon dips into the Earth's shadow.

The lunar eclipse will start about 1:48 a.m. Hawaii time on Jan. 31, and the total eclipse will begin at 2:51 a.m.

It will all be over by 4:08 a.m.

It's being called a blue moon total lunar eclipse because it's happening during a blue moon — or the second full moon of a month.

(The first full moon on New Year's was a supermoon, or a full moon that's closer to the Earth and so looks much larger and brighter.) 


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The blue moon lunar eclipse won't be visible everywhere. North America, Asia, the Pacific, and Oceania will get to see it.

And because of its location and time zone, Hawaii will get a great view of the total eclipse.

Space.com says the last time there was a total eclipse of a blue moon was on March 31, 1866.

After the event later this month, the next blue moon total eclipse will be in 2028 and then 2037.

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