Penumbral lunar eclipse and snow moon will take place on Friday

On Friday, a lunar eclipse is forecast to appear on a snow moon, which will cast a shadow across the lunar surface.

A snow moon is a full moon that occurs in February.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up, with Earth in the middle.

This alignment causes the Earth’s shadow to fall on the moon, creating the lunar eclipse.

In a penumbral lunar eclipse, only the outer shadow of Earth falls on the moon causing a more subtle shadow than a partial or total eclipse.

But provided the sky is free of clouds, the moon will turn a darker shade of silver during the eclipse.

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