Astronomy Ireland is urging people to get outside and look to the skies tonight to see Mars blazing beside the moon.

The planet is unusually bright and is set to be right beside the moon on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

And it will be hard to miss as it will be brighter than all the stars around it.

Luckily many parts of the country are forecast to have clear conditions to so it’s set up perfectly to sit out in the garden and gaze into the skies.

It will be most visible at 10pm tonight and again on Sunday morning at 6am if you are an early riser.

David Moore of Astronomy Ireland said: “It is very unusual for Mars to be this bright and even more unusual for it to pass very close to the Moon while it is at its most spectacular, so, Astronomy Ireland is urging every Irish person to go outdoors at 10pm on Saturday evening and watch the Moon rise in the East with the planet Mars blazing just to its left.

“In fact, as well as watching at 10pm on Saturday night, we urge everyone to set their alarm for 6am on Sunday morning for the ‘main event’ when Mars (now at its brightest in 2 years) is extremely close to the top edge of the Moon. 

“Most people will have never seen anything like it, and it is a spectacular of nature not to be missed! Get the whole family up, especially as the weather forecast for that morning looks promising.”

If you miss this event there will be another chance to see something similar in December 2022 but that is over 2 years from now.

And if you do get a good view make sure to send your videos or pictures to us here at the Irish Mirror.


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