Just a few days before we are visited by a rare blue moon on Halloween night, two of our closest heavenly neighbors appear side by side in the night sky.
According to Thrillist, the full moon and Mars will appear in close proximity together for the second time this month on the nights of October 28 and 29, and will be visible together until about 5 a.m. local time.
According to the location, “the moon will sit southwest of Mars” on October 28th and southeast of the red planet on October 29th.
While the two celestial bodies are too far apart to be seen through most telescopes together, you should still be able to see them through binoculars. But even without optical instruments, the two cosmic spheres are clearly visible to the naked eye.
It helps that Mars temporarily surpassed Jupiter to become the fourth brightest celestial body in our heavens (behind the sun, moon and Venus), according to earthsky.org. This is due to the fact that Mars reached what is known as the “opposition” earlier this month. Opposition is the point where the earth is right between the red planet and the sun. During this time, Mars is closest to Earth by September 2035, according to ABC 11. So now is an ideal time to look for our bright red neighbor in the night sky.
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