Great Martian Apparition of 2020-2021

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Christopher K.
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Great Martian Apparition of 2020-2021

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Early tomorrow morning, Mars will be rising in the souteast within one degree of mag 2.8 Zubenelgenubi! The star will only be six degrees up at 4:47am and twilight begins at 5:26am. Not a bad start for this Martian apparition. Good luck!

More information:
http://spider.seds.org/spider/Mars/mars2020.html

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The 2020 apparition of Mars is progress will that kind of steady and slow suspense to which skygazers are accustomed. This morning at 4:36am, Mars exited Libra and entered Scorpius, where it will reside for about a week.

As the next ten months progress, it will rise earlier and earlier, getting bigger and brighter. Finally, during the first half of October, Mars will appear bigger and brighter than it will for the next fifteen years!

More information:
http://www.alpo-astronomy.org/jbeish/Ge ... _Mars.html

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The initial presentation at HRPO introducing the local public to the last Great Opposition of Mars until 2033 will happen on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm. The presentation will review key upcoming dates for the Mars enthusiast (from April 2020 to February 2021). The presentation is for a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

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Re: Great Martian Apparition of 2020-2021

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The 27 March "Great Martian Opposition" talk has been postponed until 24 April.

The Red Planet can be glimpsed tomorrow morning for one hour, 4:30am to 5:30am CDT. It will be rising in the southeast in the constellation Sagittarius.

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