Mars Closest Since 2008

Posted by BC on January 27th, 2010

27 January 2010, marks the closest point that Mars will be to Earth between 2008 and 2014. Mars can be seen as soon as skies are dark, and it is visible all night.

To find Mars this week, look to the eastern sky as soon as Sun sets. Mars will appear as an non-twinkly, orange object. The visible magnitude is -1.3 (Sirius is -1.4) and is 14 arc seconds in diameter. The brightness and apparent size make Mars an easy object to see and find.

MarsChart29Jan2010-NASAIf you need more help finding Mars, use the chart. Mars appears to be in the constellation Cancer, and on 29 January 2010, a Full Moon will appear very close to it.

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