Nature, Weather & Space

A Snow Moon, Comet And Lunar Eclipse Are All Happening Friday

Here's what'll be happening in the night sky on February 10.

A Snow Moon, a lunar eclipse and a comet walk into a bar…

It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s not. Instead, it’s a rundown of all the meteorological happenings set to take place this Friday, February 10.

Let It Snow…Moon

While Snow Moon sounds fancy, it’s really just the name given to this month’s full moon. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Native Americans gave each full moon its own name and “applied to the entire month in which each occurred.”

And February is the snowiest month in the U.S., according to data from the National Weather Service. Hence the name “Snow Moon.”

You can see the full moon throughout the night of February 10, but it “should be plainly visible in the night sky, weather permitting, in the late evening and early morning hours,” Jonathan Kemp, telescope specialist at Middlebury College Observatory, said in an interview with Real Simple.

Lunar eclipse photo
Flickr | greeblie

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A (Sorta) Total Eclipse Of The Night Sky

As with all eclipses, the moon has to be full. This particular eclipse, a penumbral eclipse, happens when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow. This is different from a total eclipse since the penumbral eclipse blocks part of the moon, rather than the entire moon as in the case of a total eclipse.

Since it’s not a total eclipse, it’ll be difficult for anyone to see it clearly. The best time to catch it will be 7:43 p.m. EST, with the peak hours running from 5:34 p.m. EST to 9:53 p.m. EST.