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Mars Fading But Not Forgotten

Mountain Skies


Last updated 11/5/2020 at 10:07am

The Planets

We are still experiencing that beautiful march of the three visible outer planets in the evening sky. The red planet Mars is well up in the east after sunset. It passed through its opposition and closest approach to the earth early last month so is now on its journey away from us to return in late 2022. As it departs, it is no longer brighter than the giant Jupiter as it was in October. However, it will not be forgotten as three international spacecraft are chasing it and will reach their targets in February. So, while it is appearing smaller and dimmer in our evening sky, we...

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