Mountain Skies: Mars Crosses Face Of Taurus, The Bull
Last updated 4/8/2019 at 12:30pm
Under normal circumstances the beautiful planet Venus, now our “morning star” in the east before dawn, is the brightest nighttime object after the moon. The second brightest planet is usually the giant Jupiter. Both outshine Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the night sky. Last summer, when it was at its closest point to Earth in 15 years, Mars was a bright red beacon in the south, outshining even Jupiter. Since that time, we have raced around the sun and outpaced this red planet. In the early evening tonight, we find Mars in the west in front of the constellat...