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Full moon, lunar eclipse and a comet all occur on Friday; will WNY be able to watch?

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 11:49:55-05

Three phenomenal celestial events happen all on one day in February. And depending on where you live, you may not be able to watch it.

A full moon, lunar eclipse and a comet will all be visible in the sky Friday. As of now, it's not looking to great if you were hoping to watch all three in the sky Friday. Much of Western New York will be socked in with cloud cover. However, if you would like to watch the Snow Moon and penumbral lunar eclipse, you can do so online at live.slooh.com.

The Snow Moon got its name due to February typically being one of the snowiest months in North America. Some Native American tribes dubbed it the Hunger Moon.

The Snow Moon rises above the horizon at 5:35 p.m. Friday. The lunar eclipse will peak at 7:43 p.m., and comes to an end at 9:53 p.m.

A penumbral lunar eclipse happens when the earth passes in front of both the sun and the moon. The earth blocks the suns light, and casts a shadow upon the moon. The color of the moon turns a dark shade of gray, when the earths shadow is cast on the moon.

The New Year Comet is visible in the sky every five years. You won't need a telescope to see it either, as its closest approach to earth will be on Saturday. Astronomers Minoru Honda, Antonín Mrkos, and ?udmila Pajdušáková discovered the comet back in 1948.