On January 20, we’ll have the first full moon of 2019, and the first lunar eclipse of 2019. The eclipse will happen on the night of the year’s first of three straight full supermoons, meaning the moon will be nearly at its closest to Earth for this January, as the eclipse takes place. Many are calling it a Blood Moon eclipse. The next total lunar eclipse visible from Hawaii will not take place until May 25/26th 2021.

photo: NASA

This eclipse starts on January 20th before moonrise when the moon is not above the horizon yet, but luckily the complete total lunar eclipse will be visible here from all Hawaiian islands. The total phase of the lunar eclipse lasts between 6:41 pm and 7:43 pm HST and will be visible low on the eastern horizon. On Sunday the 20th, the Moon will be rising in the east around 6:00pm while in eclipse!

The eclipse will take place just after moonrise, therefore, the moon is very low on the eastern horizon during totality. Because of this, the best place to watch the eclipse is any place with an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon. The moon will be very low on the horizon during the eclipse so it will actually “look” quite large which will make this eclipse look more spectacular than your “normal” lunar eclipse. Totality happens at 7:12pm and Moon should appear orangish.

Eclipse starts Jan. 20: 4:36pm HST
Moon in Shadow 6:41pm HST
Maximum eclipse 7:12pm HST
Moon leaves umbra 7:43pm HST
Moon in penumbra 8:50pm HST