The lunar eclipse this Friday (Oct.18) will be seen by much of the world, but not by sky watchers in the Grand Valley and in the western half of the United States. That is because the peak of the eclipse will occur at 5:50pm Mountain Time before the moon rises. Although it is a minor eclipse, I hate to miss any sort of celestial event.

According to, on Friday, the moon will pass through Earth's outer shadow, known as the penumbra. This will cause a slight darkening of the moon. A penumbra eclipse is not as dramatic as a total or partial eclipse Still, it's such an infrequent occurrence. you hate to miss it when it happens.

If you wanted to see this lunar eclipse you would need to get to the East Coast, or other parts of the world like  the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

We should  have better luck this weekend with the Orionid meteor shower that peaks on October 21st.

After midnight, look to the east where the constellation Orion is rising and every few minutes you could see remnants of Halley's Comet shooting across the sky.

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