Tonight: Moon Points to Mars

Written by The Night Sky Guy on May 19, 2010 – 2:59 pm -

If you have clear skies this evening after sunset check out the waxing gibbous Moon in the southwest sky in the constellation Cancer. Just to its immediate upper left will be a bright orange-hued star – this is Mars.  While the Red planet is not really at its prime in terms of viewing since it is quite a distance away (220 million km) it is still pretty cool to observe.i think it’s neat just knowing that the distinct ruddy colour you see with your eyes is caused by sunlight bouncing off the iron-oxide rich deserts covering this planet.


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