Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday night observing - January 29

Short notice but if you read this before Friday night (January 29), go outside and look at the Moon.

Tonight's full Moon is at perigee - the point in its elliptical orbit closest to the Earth so it looks a bit larger than it does normally.

If you go outside around 8:00 pm, you'll see the full Moon in the eastern sky and, just to the left, a bright reddish "star" that's actually the planet Mars.

Go to Sky & Telescope for more information.

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