Don't miss: Full snow moon and penumbral lunar eclipse this week
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Feb 10, 2017,
Feb 10, 2017, 1:58
A penumbral eclipse was last seen on the Spring Lantern Festival on February 9, 2009. You can get an idea of what 45P looks like and detailed instructions describing how to see it on the magazine's website.
In a total eclipse of the moon, the inner part of Earth's shadow, called the umbra, falls on the moon's face.
The display will begin at 2.54am when the alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon leads to the dimming of the latter during the eclipse.
The snow moon also goes by the name of the hunger moon because the brutal weather conditions made hunting almost impossible, says Moon Connection. If you're wondering if you will be able to see the eclipse from where you live, NASA says that it will be visible to those in eastern North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Western Asia. There is never a dark bite taken out of the moon, as in a partial eclipse.
45P - formally known as Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova - will be visible in various points of the night sky throughout February but won't make another appearance until 2022.
Moreover, as Saturday's event will occur close to sunrise at 6.57am, the break of dawn will also make it less visible, the Observatory said.
While it won't be coming in for a landing, 45P/H-M-P will miss the planet by just 7.7 million miles or about 32 times the Earth-Moon distance.
If you want to check it out, grab your binoculars early in the morning of the 11th and look toward the Hercules constellation.
It can be hard to spot with the naked eye, and you may need to use binoculars to spot the comet.
They are all due to take place on Friday, February 10 through to Saturday February 11 and, as if that wasn't enough, the International Space Station will be in the skies above Derby this week, too.