Tonight in the skies above we are in for triple treat! We will be able to see a “penumbral” lunar eclipse, a full “snow” moon — and the flyby of Comet 45P.
The penumbral eclipse is when the outer shadow of the Earth blocks part, but not all of the sun’s rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual. The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43 p.m.
The ‘snow’ moon will be in full force this evening. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, full moon names date back to Native Americans.
After the eclipse, you will be able to see Comet 45P. According to NASA, this comet has been visible after sunset for the past two months with binoculars and telescopes. Around 3 a.m. on Saturday, Comet 45P makes its closest approach to Earth when it will be 7.4 million miles away. The comet will be visable in the east. Look for a bright blue-green “head” with a tail.
By: Dianah Gibson