Tuesday, October 13, 2020


 Hey Space Placers!

If you haven't seen Mars yet or you have and can't get enough of the Red Planet, tonight is your night!

Mars will rise at sunset and be visible all night as the planet is at opposition, or directly opposite the Sun. Mars will rise in the East at about sunset and be very bright, in fact it is the brightest object in the night sky until the Moon and Venus rise in the hours before dawn.

Mars at closest approach 2020
Greg Redfern

                                                                            Mars In My Telescope 2020
                                                                                 Greg Redfern

Be sure to try and image Mars with whatever camera you have. It is bright enough so that smartphones can image the Red Planet against the background stars.

You can tune in to some Mars related events on the Internet also.    Lowell Observatory is famous in "Martian history" as it was founded primarily to observe Mars and led to the belief that canals and life existed on the Red Planet. This of course spawned many science fiction classics.

NASA's Perseverance Rover is enroute to Mars and will attempt a landing in Feb. 2021. The Rover will be looking for evidence of past life on Mars.

This will be our best viewing of Mars until 2035, so make sure you take a peek tonight!

Sky Guy inVA

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