The Red Planet is set to be visible across the world later this evening – and we know how to spot it
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You should be able to see Mars up in the sky tonight, according to astronomy experts.
The Red Planet – the second smallest – is set to be visible across the world this evening.
Stargazers will be able to see it tonight ahead of further observances in the coming weeks.
And it’s set to make interesting viewing for those looking up into space at the right time.
EarthSky’s Bruce McClure even described Mars as “the planet to watch this month and next!”
Tonight though, the Moon will “sweep past” the planet – which is good news for stargazers.
According to McClure, it’s a good opportunity to look up as “the moon will help you identify Mars.”
This will be further beneficial as you’ll know what it looks like ahead of other observances soon.
In particular, the Earth will pass between a “very bright and red” Mars and the sun in October.
The space agency said that “the planet Mars will appear quite near the waning gibbous Moon.”
This will be “the time on your clock no matter where you are on the globe.”
The former is expected to reach its highest point in the night sky at around 4am.
At this time, Mars is likely to appear 1.5 degrees to the right – according to NASA.
You’ll be able to see it pretty clearly if you have a decent telescope but if you’re not a seasoned stargazer then don’t worry – regular binoculars will do.
NASA said the Red Planet will “appear in the same field of view if you take a look with most binoculars.”
EarthSky states that “stargazing is for everybody,” but many of us don’t know where to begin.
It might be tempting to buy a telescope but the astronomy website warns against doing this.
Instead, start with just a regular pair of binoculars – at least until you’re more experienced.
This needs to offer you direct access to the night sky – with as few obstructions as possible.
And then all you need to do is simple look up and start observing planets, star clusters etc.
That way you’ll be able to easily find it later in the evening and you’ll know which is which.
Further advice on stargazing can be found through NASA as well as on the EarthSky website.
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