Mars

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Con­stel­la­tion: Capri­cor­nus

Mag­ni­tude: -1.3 fad­ing to -0.4

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As Oc­to­ber be­gins Mars’ beau­ti­ful and bright op­po­si­tion will be just a dis­tant mem­ory. By now the planet will be much fainter than it was in sum­mer – still an easy naked-eye ob­ject, but nowhere near as im­pres­sive. The Red Planet will be vis­i­ble from sun­set to just af­ter mid­night, look­ing like a star in the mid­dle of the roughly tri­an­gu­lar con­stel­la­tion. It will move slowly across the south­ern sky through the evening, set­ting just af­ter mid­night. The wax­ing Moon will ap­proach and pass it be­tween 16 and 18 Oc­to­ber, the two ob­jects mak­ing an in­ter­est­ing close pair­ing af­ter dark on the evening of 17 Oc­to­ber.

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