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Guide to Tonight's Comet, Eclipse and Full Moon

By Editor 11 February 2017

Tonight the night sky will provide a spectacle you won't want to miss. In a rare convergence of elements, a penumbral lunar eclipse, a full "snow moon" and a comet will all be on full display in most parts of the world. First up is the eclipse, which will present itself as a darkening of the moon as it passes through the weakest part of the Earth's shadow. Prime viewing is at 4:43 p.m. PT and will dissipate until it completes. Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková is next, and although it has been visible through telescopes for weeks now, will be at its closest point the morning of February 11. You won't be able to see it with the naked eye, but should see it in the constellation of Hercules through either binoculars or a telescope. You can also see Slooh Obervatory's livestream starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. PT.