This Friday night, get ready for an amazing show in the sky. Veuer’s Nick Cardona has the details.
Stargazers are in for a treat Friday, when a lunar eclipse, a full moon and a comet will light up the night sky.
The lunar surface of the snow moon, the name given to February’s full moon, will be subtly shadowed by a penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when Earth, the sun and moon align, according to EarthSky.
North, Central and South America will have the best views of the eclipse from the east, while in Europe, Africa and western Asia, the event will be seen as the moon is in the southern sky late at night.
For those on Eastern Time in the U.S., the eclipse will begin at 5:34 p.m. local time and end at 9:53 p.m.
Moon names trace back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S. and helped tribes keep track of the seasons, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
The snow moon also goes by the name of the hunger moon because the brutal weather conditions made hunting nearly impossible, says Moon Connection.