Three Lunar Eclipses Will Occur in 2020; Hawai‘i Will See Two of Them

Don’t bother setting your alarm for Jan. 10’s eclipse. Here is when you should be looking at the moon.
NASA Lunar Eclipse Photo
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The wolf moon is coming. Friday, Jan. 10, people around the world can watch the moon slide into the outer shadow of the Earth. But Honolulu will be left out. According to, the moon will move into the shadow at 7:07 a.m. Hawai‘i Standard Time and will disappear completely below our horizon just four minutes later. It’s a good two hours before the best viewing time, when the entire moon will turn a darker color, so even those who find a good vantage point probably won’t see anything.


It’s not just us. No one in the U.S., much of Canada, South America and Antarctica will see it. The penumbral lunar eclipse—when the moon is only in the Earth’s less opaque outer shadow—is subtle, as most viewers will only note a slightly darker tint of the moon’s surface.


You’ll see a slice of the next penumbral eclipse on July 4. We will be able to catch the tail end around 7:31 p.m. for about half-an-hour.


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The best look Hawai‘i will get, weather permitting, is Sunday, Nov. 29. You can start seeing the Earth’s shadow on the moon starting at 9:32 p.m. with the most dramatic view at 11:42 p.m.


And you’ll have to wait until May 2021 for a total lunar eclipse.


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