Catch Mars Triangle in the Sky this Weekend

Written by The Night Sky Guy on August 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm -

Space buffs and skywatchers are gearing up for ‘Mars Day’ on Sunday, August 5th as a striking sky show coincides with the daring landing of NASA Mars rover!

Only a hours before Curiosity touches down, Mars, along with ringed Saturn and one of the brightest stars in the heavens, Spica, will form an eye catching grouping as they huddle together in the southwest evening sky. To the naked eye they will appear to be in a equilateral triangle, separated by only 5 degrees on each side – equal to the width of a fist at an outstretched arms length.

Get my complete viewer’s guide at National Geographic News.


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2 Responses to “Catch Mars Triangle in the Sky this Weekend”

  1. By ian on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    This Triangle of Mars, Spica, and Saturn, as Mars passes through between Saturn and Spica, mean that War is SUPPOSED to, or MEANT to be waged against Capricorns, that are SUPPOSED to or are MEANT to be INVOLVED with in some unacceptable way, with a Virgo? OR is this a form of WARNING of a “SETUP”, to teach us ALL, valuable leasons of what we are LEAD to believe, is NOT always the way we should? Thanks.

  2. By The Night Sky Guy on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    I think it just means we are supposed to enjoy astronomical conjunctions…

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