Early risers got to view this total lunar eclipse in Hawaii and in many places around the world. Here is a photo collage of images I shot near my building early this morning.

“A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays from striking the Moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon,” according to the Wikipedia. Today’s lunar eclipse was such an occurrence, and is the last total lunar eclipse visible in Hawaii until 2014. The next one visible in the islands will occur on April 15, 2014.

Today's Lunar Eclipse

Partial phase going into totality.

Today's Lunar Eclipse

Totality or very near it. Photos & text by Melvin Ah Ching.