Triple delight in store for sky-watchers this Friday night

A snow moon, a lunar eclipse and the New Year comet will coincide this Friday

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The sky will offer something for everyone, beginning with the February full moon that many call the snow moon due to the time of year in which it is coming up.

This is what's known as a penumbral (pen-NUM-brul) eclipse, as the moon won't be completely covered by the earth's shadow. Something very cool is happening on february 10: three rare occurrences will be lighting up the ski in the same night!

A few hours later, Comet 45P, will make its closest approach to Earth at only 7.4 million miles away, according to NASA.

45P will be the closest a comet has come to Earth in decades, according to Slooh, a prominent astronomy organization.

If you look to the skies tonight you should be able to see a partial lunar eclipse. People can watch starting from 7 PM to 8 PM Eastern Time or while Westerners can enjoy the three-peat show at 12:45 AM Friday. The so-called snow moon will rise at 5:29 p.m. and becomes full at 5:34 p.m.

Not as dramatic as a full lunar eclipse, tomorrow's penumbral eclipse will only be passing through the Earth's outer shadow. It'll reach its peak at 6:33 p.m.

"We should have clear skies tomorrow night to view the eclipse, however, don't expect a huge difference in the brightness of the moon".

While the dimming can be viewed with the naked eye, Bertels said viewers could see it more clearly with binoculars.

The event is a great target for a small telescope and binoculars and for photography. From here, the normal brightness of the moon will begin to return until it leaves the penumbral shadow at approximately 9:55 p.m. ET.

Unlike a total solar eclipse, the moon will not turn a rusty, red color Friday night.

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