Last night, many San Diegans got a great view of the first of four “blood moons” that will occur of the next two years. This phenomenon is a lunar eclipse in which scattered light from the sun turns the moon a bright red or orange. This blood moon is unusual in that it will three more times about every six months. The western hemisphere had a particularly good view of the event.
Most of the people in San Diego who had a good of the lunar eclipse were in the east part of the county. The marine layer and fog obscured much of the visibility along the coastline. The best viewing was in the mountains and deserts which may have been the best viewing in the country. The eclipse began just before 11 p.m. and lasted to around 2:30 a.m. Monday night and Tuesday morning. Since lunar eclipses are safe to look at, directly, many people were able to see it with their naked eyes or binoculars.
There are many legends and concerns about the meaning of a blood moon. For Jewish people, it can mean a time of major change, sometimes a good change, sometimes a traumatic change. The fact that it falls on the beginning of a major Jewish holiday, the beginning of Passover, has even more emphasis on the meaning. Some Christians also see the blood moon as prophetic. Many speak of the blood moon’s position in the sky in Libra as a predictor of great changes.
Whatever the beliefs, the blood moon is an interesting event for most people. It’s actually not an extremely rare event. The next blood moons will take place on October 8th, April 4th, 2015, and September 28th, 2015. The next blood moon tetrad will happen again in 2032. How good the viewing in San Diego will be depends on the cloud cover. The best viewing is most likely to be east of I-15.