You’re going to want to keep your eyes to the sky tonight for a pretty rare occurrence!
Not only will there be a full lunar eclipse, but it will be combined with a Snow Moon, and a New Year Comet!
Here’s some fun facts – and when you’ll want to look!
Snow Moon: Traditionally called the Snow Moon because the heaviest snow usually falls in February. It’s sometimes referred to as the Hunger Moon by some tribes as deep snow made it difficult to hunt and find food.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: As the moon rises, it will pass through the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow (called the penumbra) During these type of eclipses, you’ll see a darkening of the moon from the bottom edge moving towards the top as the night progresses, but not a total lunar blackout.
The eclipse will begin around 5:45 p.m. ET – shortly before moonrise – and end at around 9:50 p.m. ET. The best viewing time will be around 7:45 p.m. ET
Part 2: Comet 45P, visible after sunset over the last two months through both binoculars and telescopes makes its closest approach to Earth on February 11. The second of several comets visible this year through binoculars or telescopes, Comet 2P Encke, returns to our view after a 3.3 year orbit around the sun. CREDIT: NASA #nasa #space #whatsup #february #sky #stargazing #nightsky #comet #sunset #telescope
New Year Comet: A green-hued comet will also hurl past Earth in the early morning hours.
*The comet will zoom by the planet at 3 a.m. EST at a distance of 7.7 million miles*