Thursday, February 9, 2017

Moon, Eclipse, Comet

Friday could be a big night!

There will be a full moon, a partial lunar eclipse AND the possibility of seeing a pale green comet all in one night. And that is Friday.

Check out the article form the Washington Post which describes the astronomic events which may soon occur. 

Where to find the comet
The mid-eclipse is about 7:44 PM EST. It is not a total eclipse. 

But wait, there's more!

From the Washington Post article:

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdus√°kov√° (don’t ask us how to pronounce all those names) makes its closest approach to Earth at 10:30 p.m. Eastern. The greenish comet will be visible by telescope and binoculars, but not to the naked eye.

We need to hope for clear skies!!!!

It could be a wild evening. If these were ancient times all of the signs in the sky would foretell something significant to happen. But, we educated people know that this is not how things work.

I'm pretty sure.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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