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'Blood moon' peeks through cloudy skies

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:44 a.m. HST, Apr 15, 2014

Photo gallery: "Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse, Apr. 14

Clouds blocked some of Monday's lunar eclipse in Honolulu, but every so often a reddish moon appeared through the clouds as the earth's shadow covered the moon.

The eclipse actually began at 6:53 p.m. but wasn't visible until 7:58 p.m. when the earth's shadow began to take a bite out of the moon.

Totality happened between 9:08 p.m. and 10:24 p.m.

The moon took on a reddish glow. Some call it a blood moon.

It happens because light from the sun refracts around the earth, giving the moon a similar glow as in sunsets and sunrises.

After 10:24 p.m., the process reversed as the moon left the earth's shadow, until 11:33 p.m. when the eclipse ended.

The University of Hawaii Manoa's Institute for Astronomy hosted two free eclipse-viewing parties for the public at Kapiolani Park and Kahuku Public Library from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Bishop Museum also hosting its own lunar eclipse viewing from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Monday.

There will be another chance, weather permitting, to see a lunar eclipse in Hawaii this year.

It will happen again on Oct. 8.

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