Those of you who watch the sky might have something quite spectacular to look at this week when three celestial events will occur on the same day.
On Friday, February 10th, the Earth will witness a full moon known as the “Snow Moon,” a lunar eclipse, and a passing comet.
February’s full moon is what’s known as a “Snow Moon” and it’s called that because it’s usually the coldest month of the year and brings a heavy snow. According to Farmers Almanac, this name was provided by Native Americans in the Eastern United States.
It will be known as “penumbral eclipise” and the full moon will pass between through a portion of the Earth’s shadow. It’ll happen on Friday between 7:44 pm (EST) and 9:55 pm. We’ll try to amend this article with more accurate times for the different parts of the world. Fortunately for those of you in the UK, you’re expected to have a particularly good view of this phenomenon.
New Year Comet
The New Year Comet isn’t visible every year, more like every five years, but this month it will reach a high enough point in the sky that it should be visible, although you might need a telescope to really appreciate the bluish green glow.