Earth will pass between Mars and the sun in October 2020, and we’re already hot on the Red Planet’s heels. That is, the distance between our 2 worlds is relatively small. And so Mars is very bright now! Thanks to all in the EarthSky Community who contributed photos.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | John Merriam in St Augustine, Florida captured multiple images of the moon and Mars around midnight on September 6. In these images, Mars is a dot to the left of the moon. John wrote: “Moon and Mars within about 1 degree of one another … This is about a 30-minutes time lapse.” Thank you, John.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Niko Powe in Kewanee Illinois captured the moon and Mars on September 6. Here, Mars appears reddish (it’s very reddish in the sky now) and in about the 11 o’clock position with respect to the moon. Niko wrote: “Rising and appeared very close to each other. Commanded that you take a 2nd look! I had to get a shot! Have a blessed day EarthSky Community!” Thank you, Niko!

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Alexander Krivenyshev of the website wrote: “Appulse (very close conjunction) of the moon and Mars over New York City.” See the moon and Mars in the upper left of the image? Thank you, Alexander.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Nancy Ricigliano captured the pair just after midnight on September 6, from Long Island, New York. In this image, Mars is in the midnight position with respect to the moon. Nancy wrote: “Went in my yard this evening (this morning) to capture Mars close to the moon. It was a perfect night for it.” Thank you, Nancy!

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | John Van Allen was in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, when he caught the moon and Mars on September 6. Here, Mars is in the 9 o’clock position with respect to the moon. He wrote: “Dodging between clouds, but finally got it.” Thanks, John!

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kannan A in Singapore captured the moon and Mars around 6:30 a.m. on September 5, 2020. He wrote: “The waning gibbous moon and planet Mars seen in the morning, descending towards the northwest of Singapore.” Thank you, Kannan A.

Bottom line: Photos of the close sweep of the moon past the red planet Mars on September 5 and 6, 2020. Thanks to all who contributed to EarthSky Community Photos!

Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. “Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers,” she says.


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