The Super Blue Blood Moon peeked over the hillsides of east San Diego County.
The Super Blue Blood Moon in 2018 seen over downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diegans should look up Wednesday night to see a “super blue moon” and nearby the ringed planet Saturn.

The moon will be full at 6:36 p.m., according to NASA, and will begin to poke above the eastern horizon just before 8 p.m.

The bright star up and to the right of the moon is Saturn. If you have a telescope or powerful binoculars, you may be able to see its rings.

The moon won’t be blue, but it’s the second full moon of the month, something that happens only once or twice a year, as in the expression “once in a blue moon.”

It’s a “supermoon” because it’s full and closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appear slightly larger. But an observer on Earth can’t really tell the difference.

The National Weather Service forecasts clear skies everywhere in the county but along the coast on Wednesday night, so don’t miss the August “super blue moon.”

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