Here’s the story from the Marianas Variety. I especially like the bit about superstitions.
By Trina A San Agustin
Variety News Staff
IF THE weather allows, residents will be able to see a red or orange moon tomorrow night during a full lunar eclipse between 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The moon will be in the shadow of the earth at around 8:30 p.m.
University of Guam’s “star lady,” Pam Eastlick, told Variety that the reason for the change in the moon’s color is that the moon will be in the earth’s shadow, which will cause sunset colors in the earth’s air to reflect onto the moon.
“The sun is shining on half of the Earth, through Earth’s air; on the sunrise and sunset ring, the light that is passing through the Earth’s air will be shining on the moon,” Eastlick said.
Eastlick said watching a lunar eclipse is about as much fun as watching paint dry.
“What I recommend is this — while watching television and when commercials come on, go out and look at the moon, then go back into your home. Then when commercials again come on, go back out and take another look at it. A person should be able to notice some changes in the eclipse,” she added.
Eastlick could not guarantee that the color of the moon would be sunset colors as it would all depend on how clean the air is.
She said in 1991, a red moon was scheduled to appear but did not, because of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines earlier that year.
Although most island residents are eager to view the red moon and the eclipse, Eastlick said the event may have an effect on some people based on their culture and/or religion.
Among the Chamorro beliefs about an eclipse is that if a pregnant woman wanders out of a shelter during an eclipse, the child may develop birth defects, be stillborn, or suffer mental disabilities.
“There are many people on the island who do not want to see it or be a part of it because of their beliefs,” Eastlick said. “This is another reason why I want to publicize this lunar event.”