According to astronomy experts, you should see Mars in the sky on Mars today.
The second largest – the Red Planet will be visible around the world this evening.
The Stargazers will be able to see it tonight before further observations in the coming weeks.
Its visibility has recently been predicted by astronomers, including NASA.
And it is set to be an interesting sight for space explorers at the right time.
So what’s going on in the sky tonight? And when will Mars appear?
Here’s a quick guide on how to get the most out of this celebration after tonight.
What’s going on tonight?
Astronomical experts have revealed that tonight is a night of special observation.
Because it is the first of many astronomical observations involving the Red Planet.
Bruce McClure of Earthsky even described Mars as “the planet to see this month and the next”!
Tonight though, the moon will “sweep paste” the planet – which is good news for the Stargazers.
According to McClure, this is a good opportunity to look for “the moon will help you identify Mars”.
It will be more beneficial because soon you know what it looks like compared to other observances
In particular, the Earth will pass through a “very bright and red” Mars and Sun in October.
NASA recently commented on its official website to further confirm what was expected tonight.
The space agency said that “Mars will appear quite close to the missing Gibbs moon.”
When will Mars be seen?
According to Arthasky, the moon and Mars will rise a few hours after sunset.
Local time is between 10pm and 10pm – they are expected to get up by mid-evening.
It’s “your watch time wherever you are in the world”.
NASA itself has said that the moon and Mars will be very early.
The former is expected to reach the highest point of the night sky around four in the morning.
This time, Mars may appear 1.5 degrees to the right – according to NASA.
You should note that it will probably not be visible to the naked eye.
If you’ve got a beautiful telescope you’ll be able to see it quite clearly, but don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned stargazer – regular binoculars will do it.
NASA says the Red Planet will appear in the same field of view “with most telescopes.”
How should you start stargazing?
“Stargazing is for everyone,” Arthsky said, but many of us don’t know where to start.
It may be tempting to buy a telescope, but astronomy websites warn against doing so.
Instead, start with just a regular pair of binoculars – at least until you become more experienced.
You will want to make yourself comfortable and ideally find a dark place somewhere.
This requires you to offer direct access to the night sky – with as many barriers as possible
And then all you have to do is start observing the planets, clusters, etc.
Tonight, it should be advised to mark the moon before contacting Mars.
This way you will be able to find it easily after dusk and you know which one it is.
More advice on stargazing can be found on the NASA as well as EarthSky websites.
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