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Lunar Eclipse, Comet, and ‘Snow Moon’ Coming in February 2017

On 10 February 2017, sky watchers will experience a confluence of three celestial events in the same night: a penumbral lunar eclipse, a “snow moon,” and a comet.

The lunar eclipse will be somewhat less spectacular than the image usually conjured up by that term:

This weekend’s event is what’s known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, a much more subtle counterpart to the dramatic total eclipse.

As the moon rises on Friday, it will pass through the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow, called the penumbra. During these type of eclipses, you will see a darkening of the moon from the bottom edge moving towards the top as the night progresses but not a total lunar blackout.

The eclipse will begin…

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