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Total eclipse of the moon visible Monday night

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:09 p.m. HST, Apr 11, 2014

The moon will turn bright orange to blood red Monday night as it passes through the Earth's shadow.

The total eclipse of the moon will be visible in Hawaii and most of North and South America.

The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy is holding a free eclipse viewing party at Kapiolani Park and next to the Kahuku Public Library from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The eclipse starts at about 6:53 p.m., but will not be visible until 7:58 p.m. Totality, when the moon changes color or blacks out, happens from 9:06 p.m. until 10:24 p.m.

The moon will move out of the Earth's shadow from 10:24 p.m. to 11:33 p.m., reversing what some call the "bitten cookie" effect.

The Bishop Museum will also hold an eclipse viewing event from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. with the Hawaiian Astronomical Society providing telescopes on the great lawn. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for ages 4 to 12, and free for members and those under 4 years old. The museum is also offering a 25-minute show on lunar eclipses every half hour from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.  in the Watumull Planetarium.  

There will be a second chance this year to see a total lunar eclipse. It will be visible again in Hawaii on the nights of Oct. 7 to 8.

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