With the great Total Lunar Eclipse in April 2014, now is a
good time to look at the other bright object in the SE sky at
sunset…..Mars!

Mars comes back to opposition on the night of April 8th and
at that time, Mars will be at it’s brightest for the year! Mars
will shine at magnitude -1.5 and rise in the SE at sunset. The
planet will be closest to Earth, on the night of April 14th, when
Mars will be, 57.4 million miles away from us. This is the best
time to get out your telescopic gear and look at Mars. The planet
will have a diameter of some 15.1seconds of arc in diameter.
This is rather large in a small telescope, so you should be able
to view many of the major surface features on the planet, like
the North and South polar caps, Hellas and a few other large
land masses……
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Links:

www.alpo-astronomy.org/jbeish/2014_MARS.htm

guardianlv.com/2014/03/lunar-eclipse-and-mars-opposition/

science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/28mar_opposition/

photo.net/nature-photography-forum/005cFw

 

starizona.com/acb/ccd/advimagingplanet.aspx

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