Stargazers' delight: Lunar eclipse, comet, and 'Snow Moon' in one incredible night

Lunar eclipse rare comet to be visible Friday night

This evening's sky will offer quite the spectacle with a full moon, lunar eclipse, and green-glowing comet.

Well, that makes sense since the moon will be in Earth's shadow and the light comes from the same place. It will be visible everywhere on Earth except Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and East Asian nations bordering the Pacific.

Astronomers have predicted that the Moon will spend more than four hours coasting through the outer shadow of Earth, called the penumbra. A penumbral lunar eclipse is when the sun, moon and earth all line up and cast a odd effect on the moon.

If you want to see the comet, then at 3 AM ET (early hours of February 11) look eastwards and find the Hercules constellation in the sky.

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First off we have a full moon which is known as the Snow Moon.

When is the Snow Moon in February 2017? .

After the eclipse peaks at 12.34am on Saturday morning, the bright glow of the full moon will take about another 2 hours to return to normal.

The moon rises at 5:41pm at which point the eclipse will already have started.

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Most Americans can get a triple dose of celestial wonder on Friday night. It will still be 7.4million miles away, but close enough to be viewed through a telescope or binoculars. This third kind of lunar eclipse is much more subtle, and much more hard to observe, than either a total or partial eclipse of the moon. The last time an eclipse happened on this cycle was back in 1999.

Bertels said sky-watchers can view the comet's core with a telescope, providing a clearer view of the "dim blob".

To find 45P, look up at the constellation Hercules.

Along with the lunar event, the Comet 45P will be one of the closest comets earthlings have seen for a few decades, approaching to about 30 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

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