A blue moon, blood moon, supermoon and a full lunar eclipse will occur early Wednesday. The best place to see it is in western North America, Alaska and Hawaii.
In Los Angeles, you’ll have to stay up late or rise early to catch the big celestial event starting about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The blood moon refers to the reddish or copper tint that happens when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow during the eclipse.
The full eclipse also occurs “during perigee — the moon’s closest approach to Earth in a single orbit, which means its diameter will appear about 7% larger and 14% brighter than usual, making it a supermoon,” Space.com says.
As for the blue moon, that just means it’s the second full moon of the month.
When to watch
Griffith Observatory gives the following timeline for L.A. sky-watchers:
3:48 a.m. The beginning of the eclipse, when the shadow will look like a “bite” out of the moon.
4:51 a.m. Totality begins and the moon is completely covered in shadow.
5:29 a.m. The maximum total eclipse.
6:07 a.m. Totality ends.
Unlike solar eclipses, it’s safe to gaze up at the lunar eclipse with the naked eye. And it’s easily visible without telescopes or other viewing devices. Clouds and fog, of course, may ruin viewing.
Where to watch
All are invited to watch for free at Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, which will open super early to Angelenos and visitors who want to see the eclipse. Expect traffic and long walks from your parking spot due to expected big crowds.
Entrances to the park at Vermont and Western avenues will open at 3:30 a.m. The observatory asks visitors not to bring telescopes or lawn chairs. If rain is forecast, the event will be canceled. Info: Griffith Observatory