Lunar eclipse, rare comet to be visible Friday night

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ERIE, Pa. — Look. Up in the sky. Friday, you will be able to see a lunar eclipse and a comet – at the same time.

At about 7:45 p.m. Friday, look up to the sky to see a penumbral lunar eclipse. This happens when the earth passes in front of both the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the moon.

And the New Year comet will also be visible with the help of a telescope Friday. The comet is only visible once every five years.
“Again, though it is not your typical lunar eclipse where everything is going to get really dark, but as far as penumbral lunar eclipses go, this is a decent one, Jim Gabio of Penn State Behrend said.

The lunar eclipse will not be drastically obvious, so you’ll have to look closely if you want to see it.

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