The Earth casts two types of shadows onto the moon's surface: the outer (penumbra) and inner (umbra) shadows. It also happens to coincide with a "penumbral eclipse". The snow moon, or full snow moon, is a traditional term given for the full moon that's seen in February in North America. The best time would be to see eclipse in areas where there is less pollution, mountains, tall buildings, and trees.
Basically, the external shadow of the Earth blocks part of the sun's rays from reaching the moon.
That might sound like a lot to take in, but don't worry: You can enjoy the sights of the comet and the eclipse while still honouring the spiritual significance of February's full moon.
The full moon during the month of February has been given the name snow moon as the heaviest snowfall is observed during this month.
February's full moon bears the nickname, "the snow moon", which might seem a cruel joke to ski fans lamenting this year's mild winter weather.
Some tribes called a February full moon the "hunger" moon because bad weather made hunting hard. This name dates back to the Native Americans during Colonial times when the Moons were a way of tracking the seasons.
The comet is already visible after sunset through binoculars and telescopes but will make its "closest" flyby - about 7.4 million miles away - on Friday.
45P - formally known as Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova - will be visible in various points of the night sky throughout February but won't make another appearance until 2022. Look to the East-Northeast as it rises near the constellation Hercules and moves up the horizon to the East until sunrise after 6 a.m. In Michigan, it's iffy right now as to whether you will be able to see both the comet and eclipse. If the clouds are kind you may be able to see the comet with just binoculars, blazing with a blue-green head and a thin fan-shaped tail.