• Skywatch: A Martian invasion this month

    1 month ago - By Bésame

    There's magic in the air this holiday season, and an extra gift from the heavens as Mars has invaded our eastern evening sky and is less than 52 million miles away. This is the closest Mars and Earth have been to each other in over two years. Because of that Mars is the second-brightest star-like object in the evening sky this month. Only Jupiter in the western half of the sky will be brighter. Just with the naked eye you can easily see why Mars is called the red planet.
    On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Earth and Mars will be in what astronomers call opposition when Mars and the sun are on...
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