Head to the east side to catch a glimpse of a lunar eclipse happening tonight

Head to the east side to catch a glimpse of a lunar eclipse happening tonight
Earth will cast a shadow on the moon Sunday evening. (File image: Wikimedia Commons) (Source: File image: Wikimedia Commons)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A celestial act of Mother Nature will take place early Sunday evening, and east-facing shores may be the best place to view it.

Earth’s shadow will turn the moon a soft shade of reddish orange as it rises just over the horizon in a total lunar eclipse.

Seeing the eclipse may be tricky for a couple reasons: It will happen early in the evening as the moon is starting to rise, so you’ll need a good clear view of the low eastern horizon to see it.

It also depends on cloud cover. There are no major rain makers near the state, so viewing conditions should be optimal, but predicting exactly where clouds will pop up is nearly impossible in the science of weather forecasting.

The moon will rise at 6:07 p.m. Hawaii time with the sunset at 6:12 p.m.

The eclipse itself begins at 6:41 p.m. with the height of coverage at 7:12 p.m. It will be dark enough to see the actual eclipse, which will be in full effect at 7:43 p.m, and then partially visible until 8:50 p.m.

The next lunar eclipse visible in Hawaii will be in May 2021, according to timeanddate.com

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