On the evening of the 10th February
and into the morning of the following day
three celestial events coincide to give a spectacular display
The first event is a full moon.
Native American Indians know it as the ‘Snow Moon’.
This particular full moon was the time of year when snow was most anticipated.
When first observed this evening it was shrouded by cloud.
This is recoredd in the two photographs above.
Later it appeared much clearer.
Later this evening and into the early hours of the morning
there will be a partial lunar eclipse – know as a penumbral lunar eclipse.
This occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align in an almost straight line.
The result is the earth blocks some of the Sun’s light
from directly reaching the Moon’s surface,
and covers a part of the Moon
with the outer part of its shadow.
A predictable comet first discovered in 1948
and recently dubbed ‘the New Year Comet’
will also be visible to the naked eye.
Life on Tiree by the Light of the Moon.