Lunar eclipse, Snow Moon and New Year Comet to coincide in spectacular celestial display this month

– February 3, 2017

Astronomy enthusiasts are in for a treat this month, as three celestial events are set to coincide, putting on a spectacular display in the night sky.

A full “Snow Moon”, a lunar eclipse and a passing comet should all be visible from Earth on the same day.

Anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of this rare event need only turn their eyes skywards on the night of February 10, through the to morning of February 11.

February’s full moon is traditionally called the Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February.

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align in an almost straight line.

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková is named after the astronomers who discovered it in 1948 – Minoru Honda, Antonín Mrkos, and Ľudmila Pajdušáková.