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PostPosted: July 27th, 2017, 8:02 pm 
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The 2018 apparition of Mars has begun!

Last night during the 8pm CDT hour, Mars was in conjunction with the Sun. Now the Red Planet is moving into the morning sky. As the next twelve months progress, it will rise earlier and earlier, getting bigger and brighter. Finally, on Friday 27 July 2018 Mars will appear brighter than it has since 2003; it will be only a tenth of a magnitude dimmer than that historic opposition fifteen years prior.

More information:
http://spider.seds.org/spider/Mars/mars2018.html


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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 5:32 pm 
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Tomorrow at 7:30pm the Highland Road Park Observatory will host a brief presentation on next year' s Martian opposition. There is no admission fee and the talk is aimed at a general adult audience.


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2017, 8:21 pm 
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Mars can now be sighted is a low eastern sky at dawn. Don't believe me? Try Thursday morning (which NOAA forecasts to have virtually no cloud cover). At 5:59am CDT--forty-five minutes before sunrise--Mars stands three degrees off the horizon.

Or try sooner if the weather allows. From Monday to Wednesday mornings, Mars will be less than a degree from Regulus; on Tuesday morning that distance will be a scant 0˚42'!


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