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Eclipse, full moon, comet to dazzle Cincinnati skies Friday night

Eclipse, full moon, comet to dazzle Cincinnati skies Friday night

The partial lunar eclipse will likely be visible to stargazers in most of the Americas, and folks on the East Coast can start watching right after moon-rise in the early evening.

The eclipse will be what is known as a penumbral eclipse. Giving names to every full moon dated back to the Native Americans in the northern and eastern United States. You can get an idea of what 45P looks like and detailed instructions describing how to see it on the magazine's website. Earth will block only a part of the sun's rays from reaching the moon, making it appear slightly darker than usual'.

"Some penumbral eclipses are so slight, they're unnoticeable, but this is nearly getting to the point of a partial lunar eclipse", MacRobert said.

The height of the penumbral eclipse will be about 7:44 p.m., but it will begin at 5:34 p.m. and end around 9:53, EarthSky reported. February is the month for snow and cold temperatures, so the names snow moon, storm moon, hunger moon, little starvation moon and full bony moon have been attached to the moon at this time of year. Comet 45P will come around once again in 2022, Nasa added. The name just refers to the fact that it's the first full moon of February. Anyone in Europe, Africa, and most of Asia and North America will be able to view this somewhat eerie yet stunning event.

If that's not enough, a green-hued comet will also hurl past Earth in the early morning hours of 11 February 2017. And this month it's nicknamed the "snow" moon.


"7 million miles isn't that far away".

It can be hard to spot with the naked eye, and you may need to use binoculars to spot the comet.

The comet will be visible low on the horizon in the southwestern sky. If you are wondering why it is named 45P, it's because the P stands for periodic, meaning we see this comet on a regular basis as it orbits the sun.

The comet, the full name of which is Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková, has been visible since December and will be viewable through the end of February.


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