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Total lunar eclipse coming to skies in San Diego Tuesday

Something unimaginable shall be taking place in the sky in the early morning hours Tuesday. CBS 8 talked with an knowledgeable about what you may anticipate.

SAN DIEGO — Something unimaginable shall be taking place in the sky above San Diego in the early morning hours Tuesday. CBS 8 talked with an knowledgeable about what to anticipate.

“The eclipse of the moon affects nothing else but our eyes. If you were standing on the moon, of course, you would see the earth passing in front of the sun and you’d get a wonderful solar eclipse, but from here on the earth, we see the moon as it appears to be disappearing as it passes into the shadow of the earth,” mentioned Dennis Mammana, an astronomer who now lives in Borrego Springs.  

But for 18 years, he was the resident astronomer on the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center. He says totality will final about an hour and a half.

“The eclipse will begin at 1:08 a.m. and that’s when the eastern side of the moon will start to show a bite taken out of it. By 2:16 a.m., you’ll have totality where the moon is completely inside of the shadow of the earth and that will continue until about 3:41 a.m.,” mentioned Mammana.  “And then the moon will come out of the shadow of the earth and it will look like the whole thing is reversing itself and by 4:49 a.m., the eclipse will be over.” 

Mammana tells us that in totality, the moon might tackle a deep reddish shade, referred to as the ‘blood moon.’ But all of it relies upon. 

“If the atmosphere is fairly clear at that time, reddened sunlight will pass through the atmosphere unaffected, and it will make the moon appear very red,” mentioned Mammana. “But if there is a lot of dust or volcanic ash or cloud cover in the atmosphere of the earth, we could have a very dark moon.” 

The large question is whether or not San Diego’s climate forecast will cooperate or be too cloudy for good visibility.

“Whether there are clouds or not, I would highly recommend getting out there to watch the show,” mentioned Mammana. “Hopefully, if the clouds are thinner, you’ll be able to see it fairly well, but you know, weather is weather and we take what we can get.” 

If the clouds block our view right here in San Diego, it’ll be whereas till the following one.

“We from Southern California will not be seeing a total lunar eclipse until the year 2025,” mentioned Mammana. “So if you miss this one, you’ve got a few years to wait for a total eclipse unless you’re willing to travel around the world to see it elsewhere.” 

WATCH RELATED: Longest partial lunar eclipse in practically 600 years (Nov. 2021).

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