Super Blue Blood Moon lights up San Diego sky

Super Blue Blood Moon lights up San Diego sky
Posted at 5:15 AM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 11:54:17-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV/CNS) - The rare Super Blue Blood Moon, which has not been seen in more than 150 years, was visible above San Diego early Wednesday morning.

The last time a Super Blue Blood Moon was visible in the Western Hemisphere was 1866.

The phenomenon, called the "lunar trifecta" by many, is a convergence of three lunar events -- a supermoon, a blue moon and a blood moon.

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During the event, a lunar eclipse occurs during a blue moon, which is the description given to the second full moon of a calendar month. Wednesday's event happened during a supermoon, which occurs when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth, making it appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

A blood moon occurs during a lunar eclipse when the Earth passes between the moon and sun, giving the moon a reddish tint.

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The eclipse began at roughly 3:48 a.m. and reached "totality" at 4:51 a.m. Maximum eclipse was at 5:29 a.m., and the moon began emerging from the Earth's shadow at 6:07 a.m. Moonset at 6:49 a.m.

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