Tonight's sky is one to check out!

10th February 2017

Tonight (Friday 10th February) the sky is going to be a magical one! If you find looking into the night sky interesting then tonight is one night you don’t want to miss.

tonight stargazers will be treated to three pretty incredible astronomical events, yep you read it right not one but THREE!

What are the three events?

What is a penumbral eclipse and when can I see it?

When earth passes between the sun and the moon it blocks out the sun’s light, as we all know the reason we on earth see the moon is down to the sun’s light reflecting off of the moon so when earth comes between the two the suns light gets blocked which means we a a shadow forms on the moon, us on earth though only see it as the moon being a little less bright than usual. Tonight however, the moon will be significantly duller than previous eclipses due to the whole of the moon passing through the earths penumbra and as a result the lack of brightness with the moon will be more noticeable.

Where can I see this memorable event?

If you live in Europe, North America or parts of Africa and Asia you’re in luck! The eclipse is due to last for at least 4 hours giving you more than enough time to get that perfect photo.

What is a snow moon?

Its not really anything special. its simply named snow moon due to the fact February is usually the snowiest month for America. Its not just February’s full moon that has been given a name, every full moon has a name and here they are:

New Year comet?

The new year comet only comes by every 5 years and people have been able to see it since December of last year. The reason it’s bigged up so much this weekend is down to the fact that its just 7.4 million miles from Earth that is in fact the closest its travelled since 2011.

At midnight tonight (GMT+0) you will be able to see it with your naked eye but only if the sky is clear and there are no street lights lighting up the sky near by. if you want to get a better view I highly recommend using binoculars as this really is a moment not to be missed.

Are you planning on checking this event out? Let me know in the comments.

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