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The Earth casts its shadow across the moon's surface during the lunar eclipse as seen from Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A lunar eclipse, full moon and a comet flyby are expected to dazzle the Friday night sky


Stargazers will be able to partake in a unique experience beginning Friday night and lasting into Saturday morning. A "penumbra" lunar eclipse, "snow moon" and the flyby of a comet are expected to take place in a rare astronomical triple-header. 

The full "snow moon" will kick off the rare occurrence on Friday, reaching its fullest around 7:33 pm ET. According to the Old Farmer's almanac, the full moon was nicknamed the "snow moon" because of the heavy snow that tends to fall in February. 

Just ten minutes later, the penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the sun, earth, and the moon align in an almost straight line, will make the moon to appear slightly darker because of the Earth's positioning. 

The exact moment of the penumbral eclipse is 7:43 pm ET, according to NASA. 

Last, but not least, arrives Comet 45P, which makes its closest approach to the Earth. Don't worry about any cataclysmic incidents, though, NASA said the comet will still be 7.4 million miles away.

Around 3 am Saturday, stargazers should look to the east to find the comet in the constellation Hercules. 

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