PHOTO COURTESY OF GARRY KESSLER
Super Blood Wolf Moon.
February 1, 2019, Page A9
By Annie Reid
Westborough Community Land Trust
Did you see the super blood wolf moon?
Were you too tired to stay up for the lunar eclipse of January 20 and 21 after a day of digging out from the snowstorm? In case you missed it, it was the “super blood wolf moon.”
Why “super”? The full moon was at one of the closest points to Earth in its orbit, so it looked slightly larger than usual. The February full moon will be even closer, and also “super.”
Why “blood”? During a total lunar eclipse, Earth’s atmosphere scatters the sun’s rays in a way that lights the moon with a dim reddish light when the moon is in Earth’s shadow.
Why “wolf”? According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans named the January full moon the “wolf moon” for the hungry wolves that howled in the dead of winter this month. Wolves are now gone from New England’s landscape, but the moon name catches the imagination.