Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, and Comet: What do the Astrologers Say?

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A gift from the night sky is in store for stargazers tonight (February 10), when the full moon overlaps with a lunar eclipse as well as Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos- Pajdušáková, visible every five-and-a-quarter years! The “Snow Moon”, as it’s called, is named for February’s proclivity to traditionally be the heaviest snowfall period, and for those that look to the night skies this evening and into the early morning hours, all three celestial treats will take place tonight.

Also recognized as the “Hunger Moon” in light of the fact that this time of year was conventionally a time when hunters found it difficult to get food, rising time for this full Snow Moon is anticipated for 5:18 p.m. (EST) and setting time will be at 6:33 a.m. (EST). With that, there has been quite a few predictions with respect to astrology, and what the significance of the moon being in Leo has to do with life as we know it on Earth. As such, many websites and social media outlets are preparing readers for what they say as a full shift in our life experiences: a time for seizing the opportunity to pursue our passions, as well as a time for abrupt endings and a broad expanse of closure to activities that perhaps festered in 2016. A shining example of this is the Simple Reminders video post on their Facebook page, which highlights thought leadership and personal empowerment.

With that, the much-anticipated arrival of this triple treat in tonight’s sky is expected to be visible (pending cooperative weather) throughout much of North America, including Texas. With the lunar eclipse being recognized as penumbral eclipse, (passing through the Earth’s penumbral shadow), it’s expected visibility to onlookers will be between 7:44 and 9:55 p.m. (EST), and the passing comet will be most visible (looking like a small, fuzzy ball of light) in the early hours of February 11. For the greatest opportunity to see the comet, it’s recommended that a telescope be used for clarity.


Bryant McGill