New Moon

Young Moon
A very young moon over Waikoloa
New Moon will occur today at 08:30HST.

A total solar eclipse will sweep across the mainland United States today. For viewers here in the islands this eclipse will be visible as a minor partial eclipse with between 15-20% of the Sun’s disk covered by the Moon. The eclipse will occur right at sunrise.

Given the path and the probability of good weather this eclipse is likely to be heavily watched. Expect thousands of photos available on social media shortly!

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Full Moon

Full Moon
Full Moon taken 27Aug2007, 90mm f/12 APO and Canon 20Da
Full Moon will occur today at 08:11HST.

Occurring with this full Moon is a partial lunar eclipse. This eclipse is fairly modest, only about 25% of the Moon will be immersed in the earth’s inner shadow. For the islands the event will be even more unremarkable as the penumbral stage will have just begun prior to moonset and none of the partial eclipse will be visible. The timing of this eclipse favors Australia and Asia.

For the islands the next good lunar eclipse will occur Jan 31, 2018.

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