On Feb. 10, you’ll want to keep your eyes on the sky. It’ll be a pretty rare occasion because we’ll see a Snow Moon, a lunar eclipse and a comet!
According to Good Housekeeping, stargazers will be able to see a full Snow Moon, an eclipse and a passing comet all on one night.
This first thing you’ll want to be on the lookout for is the Snow Moon. That’s basically a full moon that arrives in the month of February, which is known for having the most snowfall of the year. The moon is set to rise pretty early that afternoon and won’t set until early the next morning, so you have plenty of time to see it. Check your local weather report to see when the best time to spot the Snow Moon in your area.
If you stay up late, you’ll also be able to catch the lunar eclipse, which will be visible to a large portion of North America as well as Europe, most of Asia and Africa. Sky & Telescope calls this penumbral lunar eclipse a “tease,” because the moon doesn’t go completely black. If you want to see the rare eclipse for yourself, check out this handy viewing chart.
The New Year comet is the third of the celestial happenings that we’ll see on this special February day. The comet will get the closest to Earth it’s been in over five years. The comet can be seen by the naked eye, but using a telescope is recommended to really see its beauty.
Will you stay up late or get up early to check out any of these celestial events?