Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tonight's Sky for April 30: Mars Sets 1 Hour After the Sun

Anyone wanting to view
Mars of late had better hurry up as the rapidly dimming Red Planet is now setting just 1 hour after the Sun. To see Mars this evening, go out just after the sky starts to dim in the evening and look low in the West. If it is clear, you will see a bright, reddish 'star' that, is in fact, the planet. How low is it? Mars is now below Mercury!

To aid in one's planet hunting, a pair of binoculars is a good idea as, while the planet itself is rather bright (magnitude +1.5), you will be fighting the bright sky, which can make finding it difficult.

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