Snow Moon

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 Snow Moon over the Passage of Tiree
The Snow Moon over the Passage of Tiree

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.

The snow moon partly shrouded by cloud
The snow moon partly shrouded by cloud

When first observed this evening it was shrouded by cloud.
This is recoredd in the two photographs above.
Later it appeared much clearer.

The Snow Moon high in the sky over the Passage of Tiree
The Snow Moon high in the sky over the Passage of Tiree

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.

The Snow Moon at 12:09am with no evidence yet of the eclipse
The Snow Moon at 12:09am with no evidence yet of the eclipse

A predictable comet first discovered in 1948
and recently dubbed ‘the New Year Comet’
will also be visible to the naked eye.
Clouds permitting!

Life on Tiree by the Light of the Moon.

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