Extremely Rare Lunar Eclipse, Comet, Full Moon Combo Tonight

A Cosmic Experience Overload Expected Tonight

If you haven’t made plans for your Friday night quite yet–here you go! Actually, if you’ve made plans for your Friday night, cancel them and head outside.

An extremely rare combination of a full moon, lunar eclipse, and a comet will all be visible this evening and overnight!

Here’s the schedule of events and what to do:

The full moon is set to rise a little after 6pm ET.

The lunar eclipse–when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon–will begin to show around 6:30pm ET as you’re looking at the moon.

You’ll notice part of the moon turning gray–that’s the Earth’s shadow!

By 7:30pm, we’ll be getting towards the middle of the eclipse with much of the moon turning that gray tint.

The moon will then slowly turn back to it’s typical yellowish-white phase through 9pm.

You’ll have to stay up a bit later to see the comet. You’ll also need a pair of binoculars or a telescope.

The comet is known as “45P” and will have a bit of a greenish shade to it.

It’s expected to fly by the Earth around 3am ET moving at speeds above 50,000 mph!

Comet 45P won’t be this close to Earth again until 2022.

If that’s not enough to get you out the door with the family tonight to stargaze–our weather looks fantastic. Only a few high clouds will be floating by, otherwise it will be mostly clear so go enjoy with your family and friends!

-Chief Meteorologist Matt Wintz

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