Lunar eclipse and comet featured in Friday night's sky

Snow moon, lunar eclipse and New Year Comet to coincide on Feb 10-11

Snow Moon: What it means and when you can see it

The full moon rises a little after 6 p.m. Friday and viewers can see the subtle, yet interesting penumbral lunar eclipse at 7:43 p.m. EST.

The outer shadow is what will be cast on the moon this time, so it will not be as dark of a shadow on the moon's surface as what we are used to seeing when we speak about lunar eclipses.

If you are lucky enough to have clear skies, you can also see Comet 45P/HMP Friday night.

The penumbral lunar eclipse comprised 35 percent of all eclipses.

A lunar eclipse starts everything off Friday night. Of the three types of lunar eclipses that exist, a penumbral is most hard to spot. The eclipse is called a penumbral eclipse of the moon, according to NASA, and it's one of three types of lunar eclipses: total, partial and penumbral.

The event will appear differently to an astronaut standing on moon who will see only a part of sun hidden by earth and fully covered by umbra. Hence, it will appear darker than the usual light it emits. Anyone in Europe, Africa, and most of Asia and North America will be able to view this somewhat eerie yet stunning event.

From 10 February at 22:30 United Kingdom time, astronomy website Slooh will host a special event, broadcasting the lunar eclipse through its flagship telescopes and inviting experts to discuss the significance of lunar eclipses. Each full moon has its own name.

What is the the snow moon?

"This name dates back to the Native Americans during Colonial times when the Moons were a way of tracking the seasons". Rather than our mundane January, February, et cetera, they watched the year pass in a series of lovely moons, each one named for a predominate display of the season.

Data from the National Weather Service shows on average, February is the snowiest month in the United States.

Comet 45P has been visible after sunset over the last two months through binoculars and telescopes, according to NASA.

"7 million miles isn't that far away".

Sky watchers can catch the comet at the east side at 3 a.m. of Saturday.

Comet 45P will make an appearance in the sky in the early morning hours of February 10-11. Look out for its blue-green "head" and fan-shaped tail. It will be visible in various points of the night sky within the month of February.

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