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3 astrological events in one night over the Valley sky

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It was a busy night in the sky Friday night!

"It’s nice to have all three things on all at once," said Dr. James Rhoads, professor at the school of earth and space exploration at ASU.

First came a full moon.

"Magically named the full snow moon." said Steven Kates, aka Dr. Sky.

Second came an eclipse.

"Penumbral eclipse of the moon." said Dr. Sky.

It's the least spectacular of the eclipses we can see, but here is what happens.

"With a penumbral eclipse. part of the moon's discs looks a bit darker," said Dr. Rhoads.

"The earth is sliding into the ever so edge of the earth's shadow," said Dr. Sky.

The third event was the passing of comet 45p.

"So an object about maybe 4-5 miles wide is streaking across the earth at over 50 thousand miles an hour," said Dr. Sky.

The comet is about 7 million miles from earth. But what makes it special?

"It’s the eighth-closest comet we've seen since 1950 that alone deserves some attention." said Dr. Sky.

 "To see the different types of celestial objects, so not just you’re looking at a pinpoint of light that would be a star, but also look at some of the planets in our solar system,” said Kim Ward-Duong, PH D. student in astrophysics at ASU. 

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