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Thursday night’s rising moon

Thursday night’s moonrise – February 9, 2017 – over Mt Blanca in Colorado, as caught by Dennis Schoenfelder of Alamosa. Eclipse Friday-Saturday!

Tonight … a subtle lunar eclipse
Western Hemisphere (North and South America, Greenland) will see the penumbral eclipse of the moon on Friday evening, February 10. Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Asia) will see it Saturday, February 11. Ideal spots to watch this penumbral eclipse include Europe, Africa, Greenland and Iceland. From there the whole eclipse can be seen, from start to finish, and it occurs at late night in a dark sky. Eastern America has a better view of the eclipse than western America.

What’s a penumbral eclipse of the moon?
Observant people in the right spot on Earth will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face tonight. Others look and notice nothing at all.

Possible to have 3 eclipses in 1 month?
Tonight’s penumbral lunar eclipse is the 1st eclipse of 2017 and the 1st of 2 eclipses this month. Can there be 3 eclipses in a month?

Friday FAQ: What is a Blood Moon?
Nowadays, 4 totally eclipsed moons in a row are called Blood Moons. Why? We don’t know for sure, but the answer may lie in a 2013 book by 2 Christian pastors.

February 10, 2017
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