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Beyond tonight's clouds, an evening eclipse of the snow moon

There will be some kind of show in the sky this evening.

An eclipse of a full "snow moon" and a passing comet will don the skies above.

Although the East Coast would have the best view, unless you're headed west of Indianapolis, east of Boston or up in an airplane, there's a slim chance of seeing it from the Buffalo Niagara region.

That's because forecasts show nearly 100 percent of the sky will be covered in clouds -- snow clouds in many locations, which will impede viewing of the snow moon, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

Snow clouds will cover 100 percent of Western New York by about 7 p.m., when the eclipse of the snow moon is approaching is peak. (National Weather Service)

Forecasts call for about an inch of snow is forecast to fall in Buffalo between about 3 and 8 p.m.

Far above those clouds, the penumbral eclipse of the full moon will begin about 5:30 p.m.

Although not a total lunar eclipse, the full moon will be shaded as it passes through the shadow of the Earth.

The event, which is expected to reach his peak at 7:44 p.m., will last about four hours, according to

February's full moon is dubbed the "snow moon."

Later tonight, a streaking green comet can be observed at its closest point to Earth - more than 7 million miles away - about 10:30 p.m.

Binoculars or "small telescopes" can help skywatchers catch a glimpse of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, reports.

The sky doesn't look promising over the Buffalo Niagara region for that either. It'll be more than 90 percent cloudy, according to forecasts.

Local sky geeks can grab a virtual experience though on

The website that boasts "space for everyone," will live-stream the full snow moon eclipse starting at 5:30 p.m.

And, then it advertises a "cruise (of) the galaxy with Comet 45P" live-stream starting at 10:30 p.m.



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