The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on 27 July, astronomers say. At the same time, Mars will hover near the moon in the night sky, easily visible with the naked eye. Our neighbouring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere Amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere will be best-placed to enjoy the spectacle, especially those in southern Africa, Australia, India and Madagascar, though it will also be partly visible in Europe and South America.
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Mars Will Be Visible To The Naked Eye This Month
Stargazers are in for a treat this month because Mars at opposition coincides with the magnificent total lunar eclipse Blood Moon on Friday, July At opposition, the Red Planet will line up with the sun and rise just as the star sets on the horizon. Ms Patel said Mars will creep up near the moon and over the southeastern horizon just after 9. It will look like a bright star. The planet should be relatively easy to spot against the vast backdrop of stars thanks to its characteristic red colour. Although Mars may already appear exceptionally bright and larger than normal, the Red Planet will not make its closest approach to Earth until the end of the month.
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Planets are best enjoyed in the summertime. Good weather, warm temperatures and some well-earned vacation time can help us to contemplate our fellow Sun orbiters with the naked eye; we need only dedicate a little time observing the spectacle of a starry sky that we had forgotten about over the winter. Summer of is even better than usual, because over the coming weeks we can enjoy an unusual sky with five planets visible at once : Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
Londoners were tonight awed by the stunning sight of the planet Venus shining bright above the capital. Stargazers also spotted the planet Mars which - despite being up to times less bright than Venus - could also be glimpsed to the upper left of the moon. Scores of people took to social media to share photos of the star-like planet Venus, which is nearly as big as Earth.