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.

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Searching For and Photographing The Milky Way

Night photography is something that I only just recently became interested in. And it took a little nudge by Ahnate, who suggested that we spend a Friday night on the east side of the island, in the cold darkness, and try to take pictures of the Milky Way. I didn’t think that it was possible to take photos of the Milky Way without the use of expensive photography equipment and super fancy lenses. I was wrong. And Friday was awesome.

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Hawaii Super Moon 2012

Last night, moon gazers and photographers were out in full force to catch a glimpse of super moon 2012. According to NASA, the super moon hit at exactly 8:34 p.m. Pacific time, meaning that at this moment the moon reached its “closest point to Earth in its elliptical pattern” and lined up with both the Earth and the sun “to become gloriously full.” Anthony Cook, astronomical observer at L.A.’s Griffith Observatory, also noted that the moon would be 30% brighter than usual.

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