When I started typing a weekly blog on our website they asked me what I wanted to name it. I thought hard about for a week or so I think, and finally settled on Kaleb’s Campfire because I love what a campfire represents. It’s playing good music, having friendly conversations about life, eating hot dogs and roasted marshmallows, and every once-in-a-while gazing up at the stars.
And, in the spirit of all the campfire represents, I’m happy to say that it looks like a pretty good weekend for all you stargazers out there. We’re going to have a snow moon, a lunar eclipse, and comet passing through all in the same weekend!
Now, a snow moon isn’t any more rare than Christmas, it’s just the traditional term used to describe February’s full moon. However, an eclipse of the snow moon is much more rare. The moon will turn red as it goes through Earth’s shadow and turn our snow moon into a blood moon Friday night (the 10th). The eclipse will last most of the night, but the best time to see it here in the central time zone will be between 6:44 and 8:55 p.m.
The comet, named Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos- Pajdušáková for the folks that found it back in 1948, likes to swing by every five and a quarter years, and will be closest to Earth just before sunrise Saturday morning. You’ll want to pull out the telescope if you have one, but if not we should still be able to see it with the naked eye. It’ll just look like a little fuzzy ball in the sky.
So if you’ve never been much of a stargazer drive out and find yourself a nice, quiet spot in the country this weekend, throw a blanket in your truck bed or lay back on the hood of your car and enjoy a little peaceful time looking up into the sky – or maybe even invite a few friends to share the experience around a campfire.
Until next week, happy trails and thanks for reading,