Penumbral Eclipse (of the Heart)

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Set your eyes on the night sky tonight, February 10, for a triple treat!



What: Full “Snow” Moon
A full moon is required during any lunar eclipse.

Fun Fact: On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month so the naming of the “snow” moon is perfect!


What: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
This phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow (known as the penumbra).

When: 6:43 p.m. CT (7:43 p.m. ET)

Where: The eclipse will be visible from Europe, Africa, western Asia and eastern North and South America

Fun Fact: About 35% of all eclipses are of the penumbral type!


What: Comet 45P

When: Saturday, February 11, Around 2:00 a.m. CT (3:00 a.m. ET)

Where: Watch for a bright blue-green “head” with a tail in the constellation Hercules. (Binoculars or a telescope could be helpful.)

Fun Fact: Comet 45P has been visible after sunset for the past couple months through binoculars and telescopes, but this will be its closes approach to Earth at 7.4 million miles away.


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