Early Risers Can See a ‘Super Blood Moon’ Total Lunar Eclipse This Week

Stargazers will want to set an alarm for 4 a.m. on Wednesday

The solar system is giving the West Coast a reason to get up early (and to stay awake for about 15 minutes) in the wee hours this week. On Wednesday, May 26, the first total lunar eclipse since January 2019 will grace the early morning sky; here in Southern California, you’ll want to train your eyes upward between 4:11 and 4:26 a.m.

“If skies are clear, the eclipse will be visible to the unaided eye from anywhere in southern California,” Griffith Observatory says. “Just go outside and look up to the southwest.”

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into the earth’s shadow, obscuring it completely. This one is widely being called a super blood moon in reference the size of the moon in the sky and the color it will turn during the event. According to the Washington Post, it’s also being called a “super flower blood moon” because it’s spring and all.

Griffith typically hosts in-person viewings of celestial events like this one, but they’re opting only for an online broadcast that begins at 1:45 a.m. and ends at 6 a.m.

We know West Coast is the best coast, but especially in this case—the eclipse won’t be visible on the Atlantic Coast anywhere north of Delaware. The next total lunar eclipse won’t be visible in L.A. until May 2022.

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