The Super Blue Blood Moon peeked over the hillsides of east San Diego County.
A coppery red moon peeked over the hillsides of east San Diego County during an eclipse in January 2018. Photo by Chris Stone

A rare total eclipse of the full moon, during which Earth’s natural satellite will turn a reddish color, will be visible for 15 minutes early Wednesday morning if local weather permits.

The eclipse begins at 2:45 a.m. Pacific Time and reaches totality between 4:11 a.m. and 4:26 a.m.

“Totality can be seen everywhere in the Pacific and Mountain time zones,” according to NASA.

The local weather in San Diego may not cooperate, however.

The National Weather Service office in San Diego is predicting low clouds and fog along the coast and inland, though skies should be clear over the mountains and deserts.

During the eclipse the moon turns a coppery red as it enters Earth’s shadow. The color is often likened to blood, a fact that has led to religious prophecy and superstition.

Since this eclipse will occur when the moon is closest in its orbit and appears largest in the sky, a popular term for the event is a “super blood moon.”

The last total eclipse visible locally was in January 2019, when the first full moon of the year — “a super blood wolf moon” — was seen by many residents despite clouds. An eclipse in January 2018 was widely seen in clear early evening skies.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.