Hawaii Will Enjoy Great Views of Lunar Eclipse

This coming Saturday morning December 10, between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., but according to Hawaii 24/7 and their guest contributor Gerrit van der Plas the best time to view the eclipse in Hawaii will be between 4:06 a.m. and 4:57 a.m. when the moon is completely eclipsed.Love Big Island‘s blog  discusses the basics of what happens during a lunar eclipse, and why the moon appears to turn blood red during the event. The author explains that the reason for a lunar eclipse is that the moon passes into the earth’s shadow. For people who are living in a place where it is night time they see the moon as it passes into this shadow, but why does it appear red instead of just darker? On Love Big Island’s blog the author of Lunar Eclipse 101 explains why the moon appears blood red during a lunar eclipse,“very straightforward: as light passes through the atmosphere it is scattered by gas and dust particles. Rayleigh scattering means that blue light is scattered by our atmosphere far more efficiently than red light” On a more traditional and ancient note they also cover the Maori significance of the lunar eclipse. They state that “In Polynesian mythology the goddess of the Moon is called “Hina”.  In Hawaii, Hina is often called ‘Rono’ or ‘Lono…Hina becomes tired of living in the crowd, flees to the moon, and eventually becomes goddess of it.” Just because the times were simpler many years ago doesn’t take away from the observations and understanding that the Maori culture made about the world around them. “In Maori mythology an eclipse of the moon happens because Hina (or Rona) is attacking and destroying the moon…After the combat the moon bathes in the waiora a Tane (sunlight), and so returns to us again young and beautiful” It may not be the most scientific explanation, but it is undeniable that the ancient cultures had a basic understanding of what was going on in their world.

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