If skies are clear in your area Friday night, look up and enjoy an amazing cosmic trifecta — a full moon, lunar eclipse and a comet streaking by earth. This month’s full moon is nicknamed the “snow” moon, a name that dates back to the Native Americans, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. “The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon,” the almanac reports.
“Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.” During the full moon skywatchers will see a “penumbral” lunar eclipse. That means the moon is moving through the outer part of Earth’s shadow (the penumbra), it’s much more subtle than a lunar eclipse because the Earth only blocks part of the sun’s rays from reaching the moon. READ MORE