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Hawaii in Path of Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight

December 20, 2010, 8:09 AM HST
* Updated December 20, 11:23 AM
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By Wendy Osher

For the first time in years, Hawaii residents will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse.  The event will be visible, weather permitting at 9:42 p.m. Hawaii Time, with the moon becoming completely immersed in the Earth’s Shadow, that according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Image Courtesy Fred Espenak and MrEclipse. Click image for link to MrEclipse.

According to data from the Bishop Museum Planetarium, the event is expected to take place in Hawaii between 9:45 and 10:50 p.m., creating an eerie dark red color to the moon.

Haleakala National Park will be conducting a viewing program at the Visitor Center tonight.  The star gazing event actually takes place prior to the lunar eclipse.  The evening program runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Haleakala Visitor Center at the 9,700 foot elevation.  Park entrance fees apply, and participants are asked to bring a red-filtered flashlight, binoculars, and dress for very cold and windy conditions.  Space is limited.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; supporting information courtesy Bishop Museum, image courtesy Fred Espenak & MrEclipse)

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