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Partial Lunar Eclipse and Shooting Stars This Week

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This week brings two astronomic events to our nighttime sky, but Magic Valley viewers may find seeing either challenging.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

The October full moon, sometimes called the “Hunter’s Moon,” or the “Blood Moon,” will be partially eclipsed on Friday, October 18th. Unfortunately the penumbral eclipse will peak at about 7:50 Eastern Time, meaning that those of us in the west may not see it at all. The next lunar eclipse visible in our region will happen in April of 2014.

Orionid Meteor Shower

Believed to be caused by debris from Haley’s Comet, the Orionid Meteor Shower peaks the night of Sunday, October 20th, and continues into Monday morning. Orionids are known to be better-than-average shooting stars, so sky watchers should be able to view a handful if they’re willing to brave the elements.

(Via National Geographic)

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