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November 19, 2011

Moon, Mars and Bright Star Gather Early Saturday

Last night, our crescent moon, a bright star called Regulus, and Mars aligned in the form of an isosceles triangle in the night sky. The moon should have been easily identifiable, but distinguishing Regulus from Mars is a bit more difficult. Regulus was expected to have been in the top right corner of the isosceles triangle, while Mars was the glowing, orange-yellow spot in the top left corner of the triangle.

I missed it, but it is pretty exciting to know that there will be more opportunities to see Mars as Earth and Mars draw closer to one another over the next few months.

Here is the link to the full article:

Posted by djcarl at November 19, 2011 06:57 PM


Oh wow, I wish I'd seen that, it sounds cool

I always find it interesting when the planets and stars align into recognizable patterns like that. The explanations behind the moving solar bodies like that are also fascinating.

Posted by: carmrose at November 21, 2011 09:06 PM

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