Best time to see: 30 November, 06:20 UT Altitude: 28º Location: Aquarius Direction: South During the first week of November Mars can be seen moving slightly north of the line from Gamma (a) to Delta
(b) Capricorni. On the evening of 1 November it shines at mag. –0.6 and shows an apparent diameter of 11 arcseconds through a telescope. On 11 November, Mars slips across the border from Capricornus and into Aquarius. It passes very close to the mag. +4.3 star Iota (f) Aquarii on the evening of 13 November, appearing just 22 arcminutes from the star as they set around 23:15 UT. The first quarter Moon sits nearby on the evening of 15 November. By 30 November, Mars will have dimmed to mag. +0.0 and appear just 9 arcseconds across when viewed through a telescope. On the plus side, the planet now reaches an altitude of 28° when due south as seen from the centre of the UK.