SKYWATCH: MARS BRIGHTEST SHOWING IN A DECADE, CURIOSITY SEES SEASONAL CHANGES ON THE RED PLANET, AND MORE

OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

THIS WEEK’S SKY AT A GLANCE, MAY 20-28, 2016

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The nearly full Moon looms in the east-southeast at sunset and shines above Mars as twilight fades. Saturn and Antares shine nearby.

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MARS AT OPPOSITION: BEST SHOWING IN A DECADE

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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.

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FOLLOW MARS TO HIS DOUBLE STAR LAIR

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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.

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TOUR MAY’S SKY: JUPITER LEADS THE WAY

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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.

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ASTRONOMY NEWS

CURIOSITY SEES SEASONAL TRENDS ON MARS

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During two Martian years, Curiosity tracks seasonal changes patterns in local atmosphere, temperature, and maybe even methane.

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COMMUNITY

WHAT IS S&T’S ZENITH CLUB?

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A handy S&T field kit, free access to iTelescope.Net and 20% store discount are just some of the great benefits of membership.

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