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Two Major Astronomical Events Tonight


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Mars at opposition - on January 29

Written by Bruce McClure
Source: Earthsky.org

Two major astronomical events fall within 10 hours of each other tonight. First, the planet Mars – the world most like Earth in our solar system – reaches opposition at 8 p.m. London time tonight. Second, the closest full moon of the year comes tomorrow at 6 a.m. London time – that’s around midnight tonight for us in the central U.S.

What’s more the moon is close to Mars tonight. Everyone around the world can expect to see a full-looking moon and brilliant, reddish planet Mars near each other from dusk until dawn. To find Mars tonight, simply look for the moon. That bright star-like object near tonight’s moon will be Mars, the next planet outward from Earth and the 4th planet outward from the sun.

The moon and Mars are near each other for good reason. The moon looks full when it’s most directly opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. And, because it’s now at opposition, Mars is also most directly opposite of the sun in our sky. So the moon and Mars are near each other tonight, on this special night.

The moon and Mars are both about at their closest to Earth now, but they’re nowhere near each other in space. This year’s closest full moon is less than 360,000 kilometers away. Mars is nearly 100 million kilometers from Earth now – it’s about 62 million miles distant.

Why is Mars so close now? The answer is that Earth – in its smaller, faster orbit around the sun – is passing between the sun and Mars today. So look for Mars and the moon tonight. These two worlds will rise in the east around sunset – be highest in the sky around midnight – and they’ll set in the west tomorrow around sunrise.



Mars at Opposition







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The Sad Banana
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I find this stuff absolutely fascinating. Thanks for the head's up, but won't Baton Rouge be cloudy tonight?





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tigervet4
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can't wait.





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I find this stuff absolutely fascinating. Thanks for the head's up, but won't Baton Rouge be cloudy tonight?


it always is for stuff like this







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lucaslsu
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I'm in Lubbock, TX in a snowstorm, I probably won't see anything tonight ......

will be flying back to BTR tomorrow night though, headed directly east for the most part, but I'll try to catch it on one side of the plane if possible.






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Lithium
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Will we see Uranus tonight?





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tigervet4
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I'm going to be pissed if it doesn't clear up enough.





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it's only going to get worse





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Ziggy
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Will we see Uranus tonight?







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LSUballs
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On a sidenote, do you know what 2 words they got mixed up when they made the english laguage?













Hemroid and asteroid






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33LSU33
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The way that I read it...it's tomorrow night NOT TONIGHT





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blueridgeTiger
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The way that I read it...it's tomorrow night NOT TONIGHT


Somewhat confusing article - Mars opposition is tonight, but the close approach of Mars and the moon is tomorrow.

Here's what you could see tomorrow night:







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arrakis
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Baton Rouge will get a good look at the ISS on Mon Feb 01/06:28 AM....5 minutes and will be pretty high in the sky at 34 degrees. Mofo motors across the sky.





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