Big Night Of Celestial Events Tonight

February 10, 2017

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A trifecta of celestial events will happen Friday night and into Saturday morning.  A full moon, lunar eclipse and comet will all be visible.  First, the full moon of February, which is known as "Snow Moon" in a month known for big snow.  Although not a total lunar eclipse, when the moon turns red, Santa Fe College Planetarium Coordinator, James Albury says tonight’s penumbral eclipse path will only make the moon a bit darker than normal as the outer portion of Earth’s shadow blocks the Moon, The beginning of the eclipse is at 5:34pm when the moon is below the horizon and end around 9:53pm.  Finally the greenish comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková, which was the closest to earth in 2011, will have its closest brush with Earth Saturday morning around 9am as it makes its way back towards the Sun.  You will need a pretty good telescope to observe it before dawn Saturday morning. But don’t be too disappointed because August 21, 2017 we're in for a treat for the Great American Eclipse; a total solar eclipse from Oregon and Idaho, through Nebraska and Tennessee ending through South Carolina.  We in Florida will have a partial solar eclipse starting On Monday, August 21, 2017 at 1:16pm, with the maximum eclipse at 2:47pm and ending at 4:11pm. As for a total lunar eclipse?  That is expected no January 31, 2018.

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