dglobalnews.com On tap this weekend: a full moon and a comet
Published: Sat, February 11, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

On tap this weekend: a full moon and a comet

Stargazers are in for a triple treat: Friday night will feature a type of lunar eclipse, the Full Snow Moon, and even a comet. This will create a dark shadow on the moon that should be visible to the naked eye. A full lunar eclipse happens when the Earth is right in between the sun and the moon, casting its shadow onto the moon.

"You don't need a telescope or binoculars to see this event so everyone in Ireland should be able to see the eclipse" said Mr Moore.

Unfortunately, much of the U.S. East Coast is forecasted to be blanketed by clouds.

The so-called Snow Moon on Feb 10 will be a unique full moon as it will not only coincide with a special lunar eclipse but also a pale green comet that will streak by Earth. Considering an abundance of snow can make hunting a bit hard, some also called February's full moon the "Hunger Moon".

North, Central and South America will have the best views of the eclipse, which will begin at 5:34 p.m. if you're on Eastern Time.

As for the eclipse, Earth will pass between the sun and the moon in the early evening hours.

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There will also be a live feed of the comet starting at 7:30 p.m. on February 10.

"It's a lovely thing to see if you have a telescope", Boyle said.

According to Astronomy Ireland, the next total lunar eclipse will be visible from Ireland on January 21st, 2019. Expect it to be roughly 7.4 million miles away.

If you'll be up late Friday night or up early Saturday morning before dawn, you'll also have the chance to see Comet 45P.

"And that is exciting because there really hasn't been a bright comet that's been visible in the past few months", Kremer said. Those who miss it will have to wait another five years for it to reappear.

If you're looking to take in Comet 45P-which won't be back again after this month until 2022-head outside around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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