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PostPosted: July 27th, 2017, 8:02 pm 
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The 2018 apparition of Mars has begun!

Last night during the 8pm CDT hour, Mars was in conjunction with the Sun. Now the Red Planet is moving into the morning sky. As the next twelve months progress, it will rise earlier and earlier, getting bigger and brighter. Finally, on Friday 27 July 2018 Mars will appear brighter than it has since 2003; it will be only a tenth of a magnitude dimmer than that historic opposition fifteen years prior.

More information:
http://spider.seds.org/spider/Mars/mars2018.html


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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 5:32 pm 
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Tomorrow at 7:30pm the Highland Road Park Observatory will host a brief presentation on next year' s Martian opposition. There is no admission fee and the talk is aimed at a general adult audience.


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PostPosted: September 3rd, 2017, 8:21 pm 
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Mars can now be sighted is a low eastern sky at dawn. Don't believe me? Try Thursday morning (which NOAA forecasts to have virtually no cloud cover). At 5:59am CDT--forty-five minutes before sunrise--Mars stands three degrees off the horizon.

Or try sooner if the weather allows. From Monday to Wednesday mornings, Mars will be less than a degree from Regulus; on Tuesday morning that distance will be a scant 0˚42'!


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PostPosted: January 19th, 2018, 3:58 pm 
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"The Great Martian Apparition", which will recount the six months of Mars viewing wonder that will be available from February to July of this year, will be presented at HRPO on Friday 2 February at 7:30pm. The talk has no admission fee and is aimed at a general adult audience.


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PostPosted: February 12th, 2018, 7:08 pm 
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Probably sometime before midnight, Mars will reach a size of six arcseconds in our sky! Sometime after midnight, Mars will reach (probably) a magnitude of +1.0. These are unofficial beginnings for this apparition.

No help from the weather though. Below is the NOAA forecast for 12am...
precipitation potential, 11%
sky cover, 95%
relative humidity, 86%
temperature, 9˚C
wind chill, 7˚C
surface wind, NE 13 km/h

Danko's Clear Dark Sky states that at 12am both the transparency rating and the seeing rating will be "too cloudy to forecast" (0 out of 5). The sky viewing rating is BAD.

This is just the beginning, remember! Good Martian times are ahead...


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