Two Cool Astronomical Events Are Happening in New Jersey’s Skies Tonight and Thursday
Two very cool, and rather rare, astronomical events are happening in the skies of New Jersey tonight and tomorrow.
Tonight, you will be able to see a faint lunar eclipse.
According to National Geographic,
Lunar eclipses occur when the Sun, Earth and moon align such that Earth’s own shadow is cast on the surface of the moon, darkening it. This week’s event is called a penumbral lunar eclipse, and skywatchers will see 78 percent of the moon’s southern parts skirt through the outer, faint shadow cone of Earth.
Then on Thursday, look for the comet Ikeya-Murakami to spiral through our skies. However, you will need a telescope to witness this cool astronomical event!
Source: National Geographic