SNOW MOON PASSES THROUGH EARTH’S SHADOW: According to folklore, this weekend’s full Moon is called the “Snow Moon.” For northerners, it often feels like the brightest Moon of the year as moonlight glistens off the white February landscape. For a while on Friday night, the Snow Moon lost some of its luster when it passed, off center, through the shadow of our planet. Tom Bailey photographed the event from Urbandale, Iowa:
Note the darkening in the upper left quadrant of the lunar disk. That’s our planet’s shadow. When the Moon skims the edge of Earth’s shadow as it did on Friday night, astronomers call it a “penumbral lunar eclipse.” In this case, it was a double eclipse: “As I was shooting the eclipse, a jet passed between my location and the Moon,” says Bailey.