Lunar eclipse
A lunar eclipse seen from La Mesa in January 2019. Photo by Chris Stone

A lengthy, near total eclipse of the Moon will be visible in San Diego late Thursday night, with the peak occurring just after 1 a.m. Friday.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up in such as way that the Moon is in earth’s shadow.

Thursday’s eclipse will cover 99.1% of our closest neighbor, making it near total.

The Moon will begin to noticeably darken at 11:19 p.m. Thursday, begin to turn red at 12:45 a.m. Friday, peak at 1:03 a.m. and be largely out of the shadow by 2:47 a.m.

The National Weather Service is forecasting partly cloudy conditions on Thursday night, but hopefully the Moon will peak through.

At it’s peak, the eclipse will be visible in all of North America, as well as large parts of South America, Polynesia, eastern Australia, and northeastern Asia.

It will be one of the longest lunar eclipses in centuries, according to NASA. lasting over three hours.

Chris Jennewein

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