Don't Forget, Tonight's the Super Blue Blood Moon - January 30, 2018 - SF Weekly
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Don’t Forget, Tonight’s the Super Blue Blood Moon

Let's all turn into werewolves tonight! (Shutterstock)

Your witchy, magick friend has probably been brewing a tea for this for quite some time, but here’s your reminder that tonight is a very rare convergence of special moons.

The Super Blue Blood Moon refers to the Earth’s natural satellite being relatively close to us and therefore larger than normal (super), as well as a full moon happening twice in a calendar month (blue) during a total lunar eclipse, when it turns a coppery color (blood). All these cosmic phenomena will be visible from the West Coast during the middle of the night, starting around 2:51 a.m.

Did you miss the total solar eclipse last August? Luckily, lunar eclipses are much more common, and we’ll get to see the whole thing — but annoyingly, it’s supposed to start getting foggy around midnight so East Bay denizens will have a better chance to east-bay at the moon tonight. Skip the State of the Union, go to bed early, and watch Rep. Maxine Waters’ rebuttal during the eclipse. Or just get up early and gaze west, as the moon sets in San Francisco at 7:20 a.m. NASA has all the astro-deets.

There hasn’t been a super blue blood moon since 1866, when fewer people came up with cutesy names for things and vast swaths of humanity probably took such things as an ill omen. Technically, a blue moon isn’t really something you can see. But when all your neighbors morph into werewolves and daemons and go on a killing rampage in the blood-red glow of Diana the Huntress, the view from Bernal Hill should be pretty good.