The nearly full Moon looms in the east-southeast at sunset and shines above Mars as twilight fades. Saturn and Antares shine nearby.
At last, a fine Mars apparition: on May 22ND, the Red Planet reaches opposition, shining almost as bright as Jupiter, and the planet makes its closet approach on May 30TH.
Let Mars be your guide to no fewer than 15 diverse and delightful double stars that pepper its path through Scorpius and Libra this season.
Sky & Telescope’s podcast takes you on a guided tour of the night sky.Listen, and watch for Mars and Saturn near Scorpius before dawn and Jupiter near Leo at sunset.
During two Martian years, Curiosity tracks seasonal changes patterns in local atmosphere, temperature, and maybe even methane.
A handy S&T field kit, free access to iTelescope.Net and 20% store discount are just some of the great benefits of membership.