Unlike the dramatic total eclipse of the moon, you can only see a subtle dark shadow on the moon during the penumbral version. Known as a penumbral eclipse, the moon will fall behind the outer edges, or penumbra, of Earth's shadow instead of directly in the center.
This year, it will coincide with a penumbral lunar eclipse, meaning it will be nearly completely submerged in shade as the Earth passes between the sun and the moon.
"With lunar eclipses it has to happen when it's a full moon because it needs to be on the opposite side as the sun is", Kremer said.
Unfortunately, much of the U.S. East Coast is forecasted to be blanketed by clouds. It has also been called a "Hunger Moon" by Native Americans because this was a hard time for hunters to find food. The best time to look for the Comet will be at 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
This telescopic view of Comet 45P Honda–Mrkos–Pajdušáková was captured in October 2011 during its previous close flyby
As for the eclipse, Earth will pass between the sun and the moon in the early evening hours.
The lunar eclipse will be visible from nearly all nations of the world, with the exception of New Zealand, Australia and the East Asian nations along the Pacific coast.
If that wasn't enough, the Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusáková will be visible tonight as well. Comet 45P will appear blueish-green due to vaporizing diatomic carbon, which appears green in space's near-vacuum conditions. The eclipse may be visible from the moment of moonrise to around 9:30 p.m. Friday night.
To find 45P, look up at the constellation Hercules.
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