There will be a partial lunar eclipse (the headliner), a full snow moon to accompany the eclipse, a comet passing by earth, and three planets will be visible. Eastern time. That's when the top of the moon will be the darkest gray from the Earth's shadow.
Early in the night, the snow moon will pass into the Earth's penumbra, shading part of it. (If you can't find Hercules you wouldn't have seen the comet anyway.) You will need dark skies-no light pollution-and binoculars or a telescope to see Comet 45P.
Steve Bertels, president of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association, said viewers can expect to see faint change in the rising full moon, describing the effect as a "darkening on one side".
Unfortunately, much of the U.S. East Coast is forecasted to be blanketed by clouds.
Some places are advertising tonight to be a triple thrill of astronomic events: A full moon, eclipse, and a comet!
February's full moon is dubbed the "snow moon".
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Friday night and early Saturday morning will be a good time for some night-sky photography - or just plain skywatching.
A lunar eclipse starts everything off Friday night.
Later in the evening, the gorgeous Comet 45P, also known as the "Green Comet", will be swinging by Earth-its closest appearance in more than 30 years. If possible keep a set of binoculars handy as it may be needed to view the comet more distinctly.
"This weekend, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse", said Renae Kerrigan, planetarium curator.
The eclipse will peak about 7:45 p.m. This will be its closest approach since 2011, and we won't see it again until 2022.