Central New Yorkers Will Be Able To Enjoy Rare Space Event Friday Night
Central New York get ready- Friday night will be one heck of a show from the Heavens. A "penumbra" lunar eclipse during the full "snow" moon and the flyby of a comet.
What Is A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?
This event doesn't have as much fame as a total lunar eclipse. How it occurs is still cool though: this occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow (known as the penumbra). The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43PM here in Central New York.
What's A Full "Snow" Moon?
This month's full moon has been nicknamed the "snow" moon. According to the Farmers' Almanac, this full moon name dates back to Native Americans:
"The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon," the almanac reports. "Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred."
Will We Be Able To See Comet 45P?
A few hours after the eclipse, Comet 45P, which has been visible after sunset for the past two months through binoculars and telescopes, makes its closest approach to Earth, when it will be "only" 7.4 million miles away. NASA reports to look east around 3AM on Saturday morning to spot it in the sky. Find out more from MSN.
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