Moon, Mars and Uranus to ‘meet up’ in sky next week – how and when to see it
URANUS, Mars and the Moon will make a pretty close approach next week.
Stargazers should note down January 21 on their calendars if they want to view the celestial event.
The difference in brightness can be seen between the two planets here[/caption]
The trio should be visible with the naked eye.
However, you may need a pair of binoculars just to be on the safe side.
The Moon, Mars and Uranus will appear in a vertical line.
They’ll be at their closest on January 21 but you can try looking from January 19 as the trio creeps together in the sky.
The Moon and Mars are clear in this image but Uranus is just a faint dot above the Moon, on January first it will be equally as faint[/caption]
The Moon and the planets will be just above the southwest horizon after sunset.
If there are clear skies you should easily be able to spot Mars shining brightly just above the Moon.
Uranus will be much fainter and below Mars.
Astronomers think Uranus will actually be around 150 time fainter than the Red Planet.
That’s why binoculars may be useful.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and Uranus is the seventh furthest away.
Here’s what you need to know about the Red Planet…
- Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun
- It is named after the Roman god of war
- The landmass of Mars is very similar to Earth but due to the difference in gravity you could jump three times higher there than you can here
- Mars is mountainous and hosts the tallest mountain known in the Solar System called Olympus Mons, which is three times higher than Everest
- Mars is considered to be the second most habitable planet after Earth
- It takes the planet 687 Earth days to orbit the Sun
- So far, there has been 39 missions to Mars but only 16 of these have been successful
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Will you be watching the planets meet up this month? Let us know in the comments…
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