Sky to offer delights for stargazers this weekend

11 months 1 week 15 hours ago Friday, February 10 2017 Feb 10, 2017 Friday, February 10, 2017 8:18:00 AM CST February 10, 2017 in News
By: Steve Lambson, News Content Manager
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COLUMBIA - A partial lunar eclipse will be visible in the eastern sky Friday evening with best viewing times just after sunset.

The penumbral eclipse will begin at 4:34pm, reaching near umbral eclipse at 6:44pm, ending by 8:53pm. Viewing of this eclipse will be difficult until after sunset and will feature a dimming of the full moon's illuminicity for a brief time.

This full moon is also refered to as a "snow moon", because Naitive Americans usually reported large snowfalls around the time of this moon.

A passing comet will also be visible in the southern by telescope this weekend. From February 9th through 12th, Comet 45P/Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková can be seen passing through the Hercules constellation.

The comet may be difficult to view due to a full moon during its passage, but can be seen as a greenish orb in a clear night sky. The comet will be missing its iconic tail due to its motion away from the Sun.

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