Return to Transcripts main page

CNN 10

American Election Update; Total Lunar Eclipse. Aired 4-4:10a ET

Aired November 10, 2022 - 04:00:00   ET


COY WIRE, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hey, everyone. It`s your boy Coy. Today is Thursday. So happy Friday eve. We`re motoring our way to the weekend. This

is CNN 10.

We have an awesome show for you today. So without further ado, let`s do what we do.

We start today with the latest news from the midterm elections. Election day is over, but key races remain uncalled. In the Senate, the balance of

power rests in the hands of a few swing states.

And one critical Senate race, the one in Georgia, is now projected to go to a runoff. Why? Because neither the incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael

Warnock nor Republican challenger Herschel Walker had the required plus one vote to win the election outright. It`s a super close race that now won`t

be decided until December 6th.

But there are actually three states that will now determine which party wins control of the Senate for the rest of this term: Georgia, Arizona and

Nevada. And in the House of Representative elections, projections show that while Democrats had a stronger than expected showing, they will lose seats

and Republicans remain cautiously optimistic about winning control of the House.

Both of these chambers were still up for grabs when we produced this show. Head to for the latest election results.


WIRE: Ten-second trivia:

What`s occurring when the Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the moon?

Winter solstice, summer equinox, solar eclipse or lunar eclipse?

The answer here is lunar eclipse, but not all eclipses are created equal.



RACHEL CRANE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A lunar eclipse is when the moon passes through the earth`s shadow. This only occurs during a full


Two factors decide which of three possible eclipses the moon will experience: the tilt of the moon`s orbit around the earth, and which of the

earth`s two shadows the moon falls behind. The earth`s darker inner shadow is known as the umbra and the lighter outer one is called the penumbra.

The penumbral eclipse is when the moon passes through -- you guessed it -- just the penumbra. NASA says this type of eclipse is so subtle that if you

didn`t know it was happening, you might not even notice it.

A partial eclipse is when the moon only gets covered by part of the earth`s umbra, so only part of it is shaded in darkness by the earth. A partial

eclipse happens at least twice a year.

And then there`s the big one, the total lunar eclipse. These are rare, often separated by years, and require the moon, earth and sun to be in

perfect alignment. But don`t think this blocks out the moon, as the moon shifts deeper into the umbra, it takes on a red hue which is sometimes

called a blood moon.

The moon turns red because the atmosphere is filtering out color at the opposite end of the visible spectrum, the blue light. The short wavelengths

of blue don`t travel as far as the long red wavelengths, so they scatter before reaching our eyes, leaving behind the red glow.

Not everyone on earth can see a lunar eclipse at the same time. You`ll need to be in an area facing the moon during the moments it`s shaded by earth.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you don`t need any special equipment to enjoy a lunar eclipse. They`re safe to watch at any stage, although a pair of

binoculars might make it more fun.


WIRE: This week, 2022 had the second full lunar eclipse of the year. On Tuesday, the moon turned a coppery shade of red also known as a Blood Moon.

This happened when the entire moon was in the Earth`s shadow.

Check out this stunning imagery. By the way, the next total lunar eclipse won`t happen until March 14th of 2025. Be sure to mark your calendars.

Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world that the moon is present during the night.

All right. We have an extra mini quiz for you today. Environmentalists are battling a dangerous and invasive species in the waters of the Gulf of

Mexico, upsetting the balance of the ecosystem there. Any guesses?

Maybe it`s a type of shark? No, it`s not. Maybe jellyfish? Nope, not it either. A type of algae? No. Humans? No.

It`s actually something you may have seen swimming in an aquarium. We`re talking about lionfish. They`re taking over, but experts may have developed

a system to help contain the lionfish population and in turn created an opportunity for local restaurants and your belly.



NICK WATT, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): These ecowarriors are heading into an unusual battle.

The enemy: a dangerous and invasive species that is destroying the local habitat.

ALEX FOGG, MARINE BIOLOGIST AND CONSERVATIONIST: It has caused a pretty major problem in the Western Atlantic waters.

WATT: Leading the charge is Alex Fogg, a marine biologist and conservationist for Destin/Ft. Walton Beach in the Florida Panhandle. He`s

known as the lionfish guy around these parts.

FOGG: Lionfish is such a passion to what do I in my everyday life.

WATT: Lionfish are native to the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. They were first detected along the Florida coast in the mid-1980s, more than 10,000

miles from home.

FOGG: There`s a lot of theories exactly how they came to be. But the most likely option was that lionfish were in the aquarium trade and ended up

being released by a pet owner.

WATT: Over the years, the population has multiplied and is wreaking havoc.

FOGG: If you put them something into the ecosystem that`s not supposed to be there and they`re eating the same food as some of your native species,

there`s competition there or there`s grazers, like your parrot fish.

If lionfish are preying on parrot fish, those parrot fish are no longer keeping the reefs clean and a lot of times the algae can overtake the reef

and cause a bunch of coral death.

WATT: To make matters worse, lionfish have no predators in these Western waters.

FOGG: It comes down to something else besides predators to take charge and keep these fish under control and that`s us, divers.

There may be fishermen out there that maybe never would have considered themselves conservationists, but this is something where they can go

diving, they can go harvest the fish and help the ecosystem in the process.

WATT: They have to be careful though. Those spines along their back and sides, they`re venomous.

FOGG: You`re not going to, but you may shed a tear or two.

WATT: To keep their hands safe, divers use a long spear to catch the lionfish and the contraption called a zookeeper to contain them.

FOGG: It`s essentially a plastic tube that allows to you put the lionfish into it and prevents the spines from poking out and potentially stinging

you. You want to make sure that you`re not going to get stung.

WATT: The good news: lionfish happen to taste good and have become somewhat of a delicacy in upscale restaurants along the coast, like GW Fins

in New Orleans, where this has become a story of eat `em to beat `em.

The restaurant worked directly with the spear fishermen, who supplied their lionfish. It is good for business and good for the environment. Crucially,

their methods avoid bycatch and target the enemy.

MICHAEL NELSON, EXECUTIVE CHEF, GW FINS: If you run out a net through the water, you really never know exactly what you`re pulling up. When it comes

to these spear fishermen, they are only harvesting exactly the fish that we`re looking for and nothing else.

Sourcing is probably the most important thing we do to make sure we know who, when where and how all of our fish was caught.

WATT: Understanding why is important, too. If the lionfish population spirals out of control, it could eat many of the species the restaurant is

used to having on its menu.

NELSON: Really, the only way to incentivize people to get out there and eradicate these and catch as many as they can is to create a demand and a

market for them. Then, boom, you`ll have a lot more people out there, hunting for lionfish.

WATT: The goal is to control the lionfish population, not eliminate it.

FOGG: Lionfish will really always be here. It is just where they are going to find their place in that -- in the ecosystem and in the food web.


WIRE: And for today`s 10 out of 10, a new study says that octopuses like to throw things at each other when they`re irritated. Check this out,

researchers in the new study released Wednesday observe octopuses in Jervis Bay, Australia, typically solitary creatures. The octopuses here live in

super tight quarters because of the abundance of food there and the close proximity of their dens. Scientists said that the octopuses appeared to

deliberately launch silt and even shells at nearby neighbors by using a jet of water from a funnel at the front of their bodies.

If intentional, these octopuses would join a very few number of other species known to throw things at each other, including of course humans.

Now, we want to thank all of you who are throwing us some love on our CNN 10 YouTube Channel. We`re going to throw it right back at you.

Special shout-out now to Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings, Montana.

Leaving you now with a Thursday thought. In 2019, a blind high school wrestler named Jay Spencer became Alabama state champ. Moments after

stepping off the mat exhausted in victory, Jay said, don`t let what anyone thinks about you change how you think. As long as you believe you can do

something, then you can.

I`m Coy and this is CNN 10.