Mars' Magnitudes, 23 May 2016 to 20 July 2016

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Mars' Magnitudes, 23 May 2016 to 20 July 2016

Post by Christopher K. » May 23rd, 2016, 4:17 pm

Tonight and tomorrow night one can see Mars at its brightest in eleven years. The waning gibbous Moon may cause only a little trouble tonight; try catching Mars about 9:30pm CDT on these nights. Mars reaches a culmination of thirty-eight degrees at 12:50am tomorrow morning and 12:45am Wednesday morning.

What can we spy? If the seeing is steady,

Mars will maintain -2 magnitude through Close Approach night on the 30th of this month, and will stay above -1.5 until the Monday after ARRL Field Day on 25 June.

More information:
May 2016 Astronomy, pp. 58-59.
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronom ... -a-decade/
http://spider.seds.org/spider/Mars/mars2016.html
http://alpo-astronomy.org/jbeish/2016_MARS.htm
http://www.astronomy.com/observing/sky- ... t-its-best

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Re: Mars' Magnitudes, 23 May 2016 to 20 July 2016

Post by Christopher K. » May 30th, 2016, 6:40 pm

Mars is at its closest tonight! It shines at magnitude -2. It forms the tip of a very tilted, very stretched-out triangle in the southeast at ~11:45pm CDT tonight, with Saturn and Antares forming the base.

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Re: Mars' Magnitudes, 23 May 2016 to 20 July 2016

Post by Christopher K. » June 3rd, 2016, 5:06 pm

Tonight at the Highland Road Park Observatory, "The Martian Mystique" presentation will occur at 7:30pm. The talk has free admission and is aimed at a general adult audience. Watch the weather if you decide to come.

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