There’s a lunar eclipse Wednesday morning, but can you spot it from Long Beach?

If you’re willing to get up at an ungodly hour Wednesday morning, you might catch a celestial show: a Super Flower Blood Moon.

No, we didn’t Mad-Libs that name together—it’s the real name. The moon will be “super” because it’s closer to the Earth and it’ll look larger. It will also have a red hue, making it a “blood” moon and, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it’s called a “flower” moon because this is May and that’s when lots of spring flowers bloom.

On the west coast, the moon will enter the outer part of the Earth’s shadow around 1:47 a.m. Wednesday, according to NASA. It’ll continue to move deeper into the shadow until about 4:11 a.m., when the total lunar eclipse starts and the moon begins to turn a reddish hue.

At 4:25 a.m., the edge of the moon will start exiting the shadow, marking the end of the lunar eclipse.

If you want to see this happen in real-time, you might have trouble in Long Beach, as the National Weather Service predicts patchy fog throughout the night. You may have luck getting a peek by getting higher in Signal Hill or on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, but you could always stay warm and cozy inside and just watch it on the Griffith Observatory live broadcast.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.
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