WARWICK, RI — The Super Blood Wolf Moon, a combination of three celestial events, should be visible throughout New England Sunday under fair weather conditions, but a winter storm Sunday may complicate state-wide viewing events.
What’s a Super Blood Wolf Moon?
First, a super blood wolf moon combines a wolf moon, a super moon and a blood moon.
A wolf moon is the first full moon of the year, named in colonial times when wolves would howl in hunger outside villages, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
A super moon occurs when a full moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, its perigee, according to Timeanddate.com.
A blood moon is a lunar eclipse, which makes the moon appear red.
There are two organized viewing events scheduled Sunday night for this series of celestial coincidences:
First, Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus is hosting a viewing event, weather permitting. The campus will open its observatory at for the public to view.
A little further south in Westerly, Frosty Drew Observatory is opening to celebrate the Super Blood Wolf Moon starting at 8:30 p.m. offering excellent views of the eclipse. We will stay on site and open until 3 a.m., after the end of the eclipse.
Another unfortunate coincidence will be a winter storm forecast for Sunday , putting potential night sky-gazers on the alert for unpleasant, but more importantly for those interested in the eclipse, cloudy, weather.
There is a potential for a cloud-laden winter storm Sunday night, according to weather.com. Should the clouds part for a view of the night’s celestial show, adventurers should arrive at Frosty Drew prepared: The chance of rain is reportedly 100 percent.
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