BBC Sky at Night Magazine

Mars and the Moon

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When: 2, 3 & 29 October See it with: Naked eye and binoculars How to see it: Look eastward around 8pm

The Red Planet is just 11 days away from opposition and at its best for Northern Hemisphere viewers for this conjunctio­n. On 2 October, the Moon – just one day past being full – lies to Mars’s lower right. Look towards the eastern horizon from about 8pm onwards as both rise higher and the Moon creeps closer to Mars. The pair will be closest just as they set the next morning. You will find that 7x50 and 10x50 binoculars give good views throughout the night, and for a bonus look out for the Moon and Mars lying close together yet again on the 29th in the early southeaste­rn evening sky.

 ??  ?? Look towards the eastern horizon on 2 October at 20:00 BST (19:00 UT) to see the Moon and Mars rising closely together
Look towards the eastern horizon on 2 October at 20:00 BST (19:00 UT) to see the Moon and Mars rising closely together

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