Spot Mars in the Sky

This week Planet Mars can clearly be seen with a reddish tinge and will be closer to Earth for many years.

It will shortly hit opposition, a point when Earth sits directly between the sun and Mars. That’s when Mars will be at its absolute brightest point for the year, rising at sunset and remaining up until sunrise.

However, you don’t have to get out binoculars or telescopes to enjoy Mars. It’s going to be shockingly bright all month. In fact, it’ll be the fourth-brightest object in the sky behind the sun, moon, and Venus, the morning star able to be seen by the naked eye.

The planet is visible high in the eastern sky. (For us Blantyre people, that means look towards Hamilton!). It appears as a stunning reddish light, weather permitting.

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