The most common full moon in your house is your kid’s around bath time. But this Friday you and your space-loving offspring can catch a real triple threat of celestial activity: a “snow moon,” lunar eclipse, and a comet. Cue “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.” And yes, the Old School version.
The snow moon is just a fancy name for a full moon that happens in February, because it’s the snowiest month of the year. But come Friday, this glaring winter reminder will hit penumbral lunar eclipse. This happens when the earth, sun, and moon align, casting a rare shadow across the moon.
No need to bump your kids’ bedtime to see the show. In addition to being visible from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and most of Asia, the lunar-lineup is projected to start around 4:30 p.m. (CST), peak at 6:44 p.m., and end at 8:53 p.m. The eastern U.S. is expected to have the best view. As if New England needs more victories.
The third part of this celestial trio is, unfortunately, not right for the kids. No, it’s tail isn’t suggestive. Rather, Comet 45P, also known as the New Year comet, swoops into view around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. That’s a bit too late for them. It might be too late for you, too. But if you’re able to stay up, you can see it if you look towards the constellation Hercules.
Your little Galileos can still get a glimpse of the flying space debris. The comet, which has been around for a couple of months, can be spotted with binoculars or a telescope for the remainder of February.
[H/T] PHYS ORG