a lunar eclipse will kick off the 24 hours of celestial beauty, where the sun, Earth and the moon all align.
Because the Earth is blocking out the sun’s light, the moon is darkened.
For Brits keen to catch a glimpse of the rare event, it will be visible from 10.30pm onwards next Friday and the moon at its darkest from 12.45am on
Saturday morning. The same day there will be Snow Moon – given its name in reference to the heavy snowfalls that often fall this month.
This will rise at 4.44pm on Friday afternoon and sets at 7.30am the next day.
Finally, stargazers will be treated to the New Year comet – a spectacle that occurs just once every five and a quarter years.
Discovered in 1948, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková was dubbed the New Year comet just as it cut a path across the northern hemisphere skies last
Next Saturday, it will become visible to people viewing from the ground as it is at its closest point to Earth.
Last year, people around the world gathered to watch a stunning supermoon.
Incredible images of the spectacle showed the biggest moon since 1948.
APOCALYPSE NOW? Mysterious green comet hurtling towards Earth
Comet 45P will pass into the inner solar system on Saturday morning – cutting it close to Earth.
The 45P travels into the solar system every five years, but rarely comes this close to a planet.
This has come as a warning to experts, who have predicted that if an asteroid were to smash into earth, it could wipe out our entire species.
Christian conspiracy theorists also believe that its arrival will spark the end of the world.
The impact of the crash would be the equivalent of several nuclear bombs being detonated at the same time.
A description on SpaceWeather.com reads: "The comet will be racing through the constellation Hercules high in the easter sky."
It adds: "Proximity makes the comet bright despite its small size.
"Forecasters say 45P could be on the verge of naked eye visibility when it emerges into the pre-dawn sky later this week."
Boffins at the Minor Planet Centre predict the 45P's pass will be one of the closes comet passes since modern tracking began in 1950.
Keen-eyed comet watchers with binoculars should be able to spot the 45P in the pre-dawn sky.
The comet will look like a searing green ball, with a recognisable fan-shaped tail.
The lurid green colour comes from the comet's carbon which glows green when in space.
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The moon and the stars are shining so bright tonight, cant see the comet tho (naked eye)
but it sure does feel magical out there, take what you will!
edit on 10-2-2017 by Davg80 because: (no reason given)