What will happen in the sky the night of February 10th – 11th 2017?
Make February 10 a date in your diary, because this Friday starlovers will be able to see not one, but three spectacular astronomical events. A full Snow Moon, a Lunar Eclipse and New Year Comet will light up our sky at the same night. This rare trio may be something in a lifetime, so keep your eyes skywards to not miss this spectacular display…!
What is a Snow Moon?
Snow moon is simply February’s full moon, but it received it’s alternate name because historically February it’s been the snowiest month in America. The full moon will rise at 16:44 GTM on the evening of February 10 and set at 7:30 GTM the following morning.
What is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?
A penumbral lunar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon align in an straight line(almost one behind the other). Skywatchers will notice a shading on the moon’s face, as well as a reduction in the moons brightness. It will start at 22:23 GTM on February 10 and end at 02:53 the next morning, and will be visible from Europe, most of Asia and most of North America. It will peak visibility at 00:43 on the morning of February 11.
What is New Year Comet?
It is a periodic comet, (because it follows a predictable path around the sun) and can be seen from Earth every five years. It will be 7.4 million miles away, and it will be traveling at 51.000 miles an hour. According to Nasa the Comet will be visible with binocular, but even the naked eye may be able to see the blue- green head and fan-shaped tail if the skies are clear.
Don’t miss it now because you will wait until 2022 to see it again!
Full moon and Eclipse in Leo? Opening of a new getaway!
Eclipses act like doorways into different energy paths. The last eclipse was in September 2016 and the duty of this February’s Eclipse is to wash all your old energy and replace it with a new one. This energy will last until August 2017 and will be productive, active and positive! So, whatever you need to let go, or whatever changes you need to make this Eclipse is going to ensure that this happens. The are like a direct call from Universe, so answer your phone in time!!!