Lunar eclipse coming to a sky near you

Written by: 
Reid Crickmore ~ Multimedia Journalist

A lunar eclipse will be visible in the sky above Hawaii on Oct. 8, appearing from 4:37 a.m. to 7:58 a.m., according to space.com. Students and scientists alike share their thoughts on the lunar eclipse.

“I’ve never seen a lunar eclipse before, so I’m really excited and might get up to see it,” said Jeremy Euse, an undeclared freshman from California.

“I encourage everyone to go out and enjoy the event. It promises to be a stunning sight, even from the most light polluted cities,” said Fred Espenak, NASA’s longtime eclipse expert, on clarkesvilleonline.com.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon passes deep inside the shadow of our planet, a location that changes the color of the moon to a copper color, according to NASA Scientist Tony Phillips on NASA.gov. Although it will be visible to the naked eye, the lunar eclipse will best be seen through binoculars or a small telescope.

According to NASA.gov this will be the second lunar eclipse of the year and will be best visible from the Pacific Ocean and regions bordering the Pacific Ocean.

There are some great places to go in Laie to watch a lunar eclipse without any obstructions or too much light pollution, including Laie Point, the grass areas next to the temple, Laie Park, and BYU-Hawaii’s soccer field.

Gentrie Maag, a junior in biology from Utah, said, “It’s good to know it will be most visible here in the Pacific. I can never wake up before 7 a.m. so maybe I can roll over in bed and catch a glimpse of it from out my window.”

Kara McClain, a sophomore in business from Utah, said, “I don’t know if I will be up that early, but maybe I’ll be able to catch the tail end of the eclipse before 8 a.m. I would love to get my camera out and see if I can get a good picture of the colors.”