Lunar eclipse, comet starring in night sky show this weekend

Posted February 11, 2017

So the sun, earth and the moon will be aligned, but the earth will block some of that sunlight casting a shadow on the moon. It will be visible everywhere on Earth except Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and East Asian nations bordering the Pacific.

A lunar eclipse can only happen at full moon, but more often than not the full moon swings above or below the Earth's shadow. While not as noticeable as a total lunar eclipse, the penumbral eclipse still occurs when the moon crosses through the Earth's shadow, just not the darkest part. The comet will get within 7.4 million miles of the planet as it makes its closest approach this weekend, according to Universe Today. During this "full snow moon eclipse", the moon will be completely shaded, making the change easier to see.

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North, Central and South America will have the best views of the eclipse, which will begin at 5:34 p.m. if you're on Eastern Time. CNN has noted that this will only be a partial eclipse, so it will not be as remarkable as the blood moon eclipses.

Friday night brought a trifecta of celestial phenomena.

People with binoculars or small telescopes have an advantage in watching for these three events tonight. Look for this after sunset Friday until the early morning hours of Saturday.

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Then early Saturday morning, be sure to catch Comet 45P, which will zoom past Earth.

The penumbral lunar eclipse will end at 9:53 ET, but that's not the end of the show.

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Stargazers should look up at the constellation Hercules from midnight on February 10/11 and look out for its blue-green "head" and fan-shaped tail. It can be seen every five and quarter years.