Mars is visible from Gloucestershire and there are chance to see it tonight and Sunday. Also, you can see Jupiter and Saturn on Saturday night as well

People returning from a night out in Gloucestershire had their eyes drawn towards not only the bright moon, but a celestial neighbour.

A sharp pinprick of light was to the left of the moon looking to the south east, visible through the glare of street lights.

We took an admittedly not great picture of it and shared it on our twitter page, seeking clarification as to its identity.

Astronomer John Fletcher from Mount Tuffley Observatory, in Gloucester, confirmed that it was in fact Mars, as did a number of people on social media.

He also had some other advice for stargazers, adding: “After dark around 9.30mp to 10.30pm  due south are two ‘stars’ about 15 degrees altitude at around 180degs azimuth which is almost due south.

The moon is in the waning gibbous phases, which comes after a full moon, and is followed by the third-quarter moon.

According to EarthSky, Mars is “more brilliant even than a first-magnitude star, or one of the sky’s brightest stars” and the moon is due to sweep past the red planet on September 5 and 6.

According to Nasa, Mars is 142 million miles from the sun, compared to 93 million miles for the Earth.

A year on Mars is 687 Earth Days and a Martian day is 24 hours and 37 minutes, with an average temperature of -81F. It has two moons.

If you take any images of the red planet and would like to share them with us at [email protected] and we’ll share the very best.


World news – GB – Planetary delight in night sky over Gloucestershire

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