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"Snow Moon Eclipse & The Green Comet"
Experience a triad of celestial charm this evening as the Snow Moon culminates above like a brilliant aerial ornament. Not only will we marvel in it's magnitude but it's mysterious and unnaturally darkened appearance. The moon will pass through the outer edge of Earth's shadow, called the penumbra, approaching it's peak and creating the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. *Best viewing is at 7:45pm (ET).
Though its display is less glorified than its counterparts, the Full Lunar and the Partial Lunar Eclipse, in which the moon exhibits a shade of "blood red" or a "bite missing" appearance, this subtle looming Penumbral Lunar Eclipse won't disappoint, as it's met with a green-hued comet suited to propel past the Earth at approximately 3:00am.
The comet, 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (45P/H-M-P), will mark the closest one has come to the Earth in over 30 years.
Often referred to as the Ice, Storm or Hunger Moon, the Snow Moon remains a valued and allusive symbol in the world of Paganism, with references to Imbolc (also known as Saint Brigid's Day or "Oimelc"); a traditional Gaelic celebration marking the midpoint of Winter where rituals, or feasts of purification for the farmers, are performed to ensure sufficient food supplies until the next harvest.
The central rituals include the lighting of fire to celebrate the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months ahead.