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Moon turns red as Earth's shadow passes over it this morning

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:35 p.m. HST, Dec 10, 2011

Photo Gallery: Eclipse seen around the world

Photo Gallery: Lunar Eclipse

For about 50-minutes this morning, the moon turned a coppery red color as the Earth passed between the moon and the sun.

For those whose view was not blocked by cloudy and rainy weather, a total lunar eclipse was visible over Hawaii starting at about 4:06 a.m.

The moon turns a reddish color because the Earth's shadow blocks most of the sun's light. But red light, which has a longer wavelength, is able to get through.

David Sayre, who runs a public relations firm in Hawaii, said it had been cloudy and rainy around his house on Oahu, but the weather cleared just in time for the eclipse.

He awoke, as he usually does, around 3 a.m. and remembered to step outside the house in time to catch the eclipse about a half hour later. No one else in the neighborhood was up.

"Sure enough it was turning that orangy-red color," Sayre, 47, said. "I said, 'Gosh I better grab a camera.'"

He added, "To be able to see it just right outside our house was really cool."

This was the last total lunar eclipse visible in Hawaii for 3 years. The next one will happen on April 15, 2014.

 The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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