"The outer part of Earth's penumbra is so pale that you won't notice anything until the moon's edge has slid at least halfway in," Alan MacRobert, a senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, said in a statement. "So start looking about 90 minutes before mid-eclipse."
If you're not lucky with the weather, you can watch Slooh's live webcast of the event, featuring some expert commentary.
So this brings us to the "Snow Moon." Well, this is probably the biggest letdown - it's just the name given to the full moon of February. That's it. No real astronomical rationale, it's just a fancy name given to February's full moon when, in North America, it's typically cold outside with a chance of snow. As lunar eclipses only happen when there's a full moon, any lunar eclipse that happens in February will be called a "Snow Moon Eclipse." So, it's basically a mediocre eclipse with a cool name - it's certainly no "Supermoon Eclipse."
Saving the best for last, however, there is a touch of the exotic with tonight's skywatching.
A green comet called 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is currently observable with a small telescope or binoculars and it is expected to peak in brightness in the pre-dawn skies of Saturday. The comet's visible green hue is being caused by vaporizing diatomic carbon. If you want to get outside and try to find it, look toward the constellation of Hercules in the Eastern sky. You can find a handy skywatcher's guide on Spaceweather.com.
Whether or not this astronomical trifecta will live up the the hype, it's a great excuse to get outside and try some amateur astronomy, and if you're able to capture a photograph of the green comet, why not show it off in the comments below, or tweet to @Seeker_Space.
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