We're being treated to a lunar eclipse, a "snow moon", and a relatively close fly-by from a comet.

The "snow moon" is the name given to the first full moon of February.

A lunar eclipse can happen only during a full moon when the sun, earth, and moon are in alignment.

Friday night will bring not one but three different lunar events that could introduce a few good possibilities for night-sky photography.

Not only is tonight going to be a full moon, but there will also be a lunar eclipse AND a comet in view. The best time to look for the Comet will be at 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The full moon is expected to rise at 5:18 p.m. EST and set at 6:33 a.m. EST. By the middle of the eclipse at 7:44 PM, look at the northern third of the moon.

The eclipse is one of only two visible in MI this year and is safe to view. The eclipse will end around 9:55 pm on the East Coast.

The other cosmic display we'll have in the sky is the viewing of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková, or just "45P".

Space.com suggests looking west in the evening, after the sun goes down, if you want to try to see it. Eastern Time. However, the greenish comet will be visible only by binoculars and telescope.

As is typical with these types of awesome happenings.

The lunar eclipse will be visible from nearly all nations of the world, with the exception of New Zealand, Australia and the East Asian nations along the Pacific coast. At its closest point tonight, the comet will be 7.4 million miles away, that's 30x the distance from the earth to moon! The action will unfold early Saturday in Europe, Africa and western Asia.


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