A Rare Occurrence in the Skies Friday Night with Snow Moon, Eclipse, and a Comet
Friday night, February 10th, we should have our eyes on the sky for a never-before-seen celestial event. The night will actually consist of a "Snow Moon," a lunar eclipse, and a comet passing all on the same night.
According to Elite Daily, a “Snow Moon” simply describes the full moon of February (Okay, I didn't know that); a lunar eclipse is when the earth is directly in front of the sun, which stops the sun's light from reaching the moon, and makes the moon appear red; and the comet (named Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková) shows up every 5 1/4 years.
The full moon will hit it's peak at 6:33 P.M. Central, but according to Bustle, the eclipse will be a little more difficult to detect because it's a "penumbral" - not a total lunar eclipse. Which simply means, watch for the earth's shadow on the moon.
The eclipse will begin at 4:34 P.M. Central, around moonrise, and ends at 8:55 P.M. Its shadow won't be visible until approximately an hour and a half before mid-eclipse at 6:44 P.M.
At this point, the Sioux Falls weather forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies but hopefully will clear up a bit to witness the event.
If the skies remain clear, we should be able to see the comet into Saturday night as well.
Will you have you eyes on the skies this weekend?