Super Blood Wolf Moon: Philly region gets up close look of Sunday's lunar eclipse

Justin Udo
January 20, 2019 - 9:04 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Sunday night's lunar eclipse provides a sight that will not be visible in the region for some time to come.

The Franklin Institute chief astronomer Derrick Pitts says the “Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse” is not scientifically accurate for the eclipse, but it gets people talking.

“In all honesty the term blood is derived from an author who several years ago wanted to popularize a series of books he was writing and so used the term blood in relation to the color of the moon,” he said.

Pitts says for a while it looked like the winter weather would keep the Delaware valley from getting a look at the eclipse, but we got lucky.

“We were extremely fortunate that the weather system that brought us so much rain, that all cleared out,” he said.

Pitts says although we may not have the ideal temperatures for some, the region's cold and wind actually pair up well for eclipse gazing weather.

The next time a total lunar eclipse will be visible in our region is 2022.