Tonight we are in for quite the celestial show!
Starting things off tonight, the moon will be full and bright in the nights sky, casting a wonderful winter glow across the snowy terrain. This moon is known as the Snow moon, being named for North Americas weather in February, which is typically cold. A lunar eclipse will begin at 4:34 p.m. central time. Peek should be around 6:44 p.m. and end at 8:53 p.m. central time. Later on in the evening (Or should I say slightly before daybreak) comet 45p will make its closest approach to earth. This comet is not visible to the naked eye, but through a telescope its emerald green atmosphere can be seen.
*WITH A TELESCOPE Look towards the Northeastern horizon to see comet 45p slightly before daybreak*
*Comet 45ps’ full name is Comet 45p/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova*
Tonight’s lunar eclipse is called a “penumbral” lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon line up in a semi straight line. When this happens, the Earth blocks some of the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s face, and covers a part of the Moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra. It only creates a dark shadowing or shading of the moon, unlike a total lunar eclipse.
Tonight’s eclipse can be seem in varying parts of every continent except for Australia.