Magnitude: -1.3 fading to -0.4
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.