- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - An observatory in Charlestown is getting ready for an expected large crowd for a rare double feature Sunday night - a so-called supermoon and total lunar eclipse.

The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1MOaFIE ) the Frosty Dew Observatory at Ninigret Park is setting up telescopes outside on its campus for anyone who wants to get a better look at the eclipse. The full eclipse will begin at 10:11 p.m. Sunday and last more than an hour.

A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon makes its closest approach to Earth - about 220,000 miles away. The lunar eclipse-supermoon combination hasn’t been seen since 1982 and won’t happen again until 2033.

The Charlestown observatory is set to open at 8 p.m. and have astronomers on hand to answer questions.


Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com

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