In the Wednesday morning sky, before sunrise, there will be the coalescence of three lunar spectacles... A Super Moon - when the Moon is closest in its elliptical orbit to the Earth, and appears larger... A Flower Moon - that’s just a full moon in May… And a Blood Moon - is a full eclipse wherein the Moon lies briefly on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth, is shadowed from the Sun’s illumination, and bathed in reddish light refracted from the planet’s atmosphere.
It’s a good excuse to go to the donut shop in the wee hours of the morning for some coffee, and stake out an unobstructed view for the 15 minute show in the sky. Perhaps you’ve got your own special hill to take it in on your own.
You could check out a livestream if a picture is just as good as the real thing. Otherwise, you could join the potential traffic jam up to the grounds at Griffith Observatory. We want to hear how you plan to take in the celestial event at 866-893-5722.
Edwin C. Krupp, director of Griffith Observatory and an astronomer
John Dvorak, a tech writer and author of numerous books, including “Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses” (Pegasus Books, 2017)