Viewing the First Blood Moon of the Lunar Tetrad From Hawaii

No, Blood Moon is not the latest book in the Twilight Saga. It’s even better than that, and Hawaii residents had a front row seat earlier this week to see it firsthand. Blood Moon is the nickname given to our moon during a lunar eclipse. In fact, this Blood Moon marks the start of a lunar tetrad, or four total eclipses in a row, the first of which took place on April 14. The next one is scheduled for October 8, so mark your calendars.

Hawaii was a prime spot to see the Sun, Earth, and Moon in alignment and the Blood Moon take shape. Exploration: Hawaii set up our cameras in Waikiki, at both Kapiolani Park and Fort Derussey. This is what we saw before the clouds and rain came rolling in.

An animated GIF of the lunar eclipse sequence. Watch as our moon turns into the Blood Moon.


And here’s a larger version of that GIF. Click to watch it play.


A nice clear full moon. As we stood in Kapiolani Park, we stared at the moon which was  just above of iconic Diamond Head Crater.


I believe it was between 9:15pm and 9:40pm that I snapped this shot. Then the rain came.


Here’s a photo of the lunar eclipse sequence that was taken from Fort DeRussy.


Here’s another shot of the Blood Moon from Fort DeRussy, but with Mars and the star Spica in the constellation Virgo.