The coolest stars in the universe, the so-called brown dwarfs, were found relatively close to their homes.
Well, the miracles of the sky just keep coming up. Although you can only see four planets in your early evening sky, one of them Mars reaches the opposition on Saturday, which means that Mars, the Sun and the Earth are lined up with the Earth in the middle.
On Saturday, Mars will shine with an incredible magnitude of -2.8 I've talked a bit about magnitude earlier in the month, I said that the size of Venus is -3.7 and the size of Saturn is +0.2 was
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If you look at Jupiter and Mars in the sky tonight, you will be astonishing to notice. Mars will be brighter than Jupiter! Jupiter's strength is -1.7. Sure, Mars is closer, but it's smaller than Earth and Jupiter is huge. It is this oppositional thing. Mars will be closer to Earth this week than it has been for 15 years. So make sure you go outside and have a look.
Longest lunar eclipse of the century
And Mars is not the only big celestial message of the week. Do you remember that I told you there was a partial eclipse at the beginning of the month, but practically nobody would see it because it was only visible in the Southern Ocean between Australia and the Antarctic?
Well, whenever there is a solar eclipse, there is a solar eclipse either two weeks before or two weeks after that. This time it's two weeks and this time we can see it from Guam. The only problem is that it occurs for us on Saturday morning just before sunrise, so you have to get up early to see it.
The Moon reaches its greatest distance from Earth on Saturdays, which means that it is smaller than Earth's size than Earth's. This means that the solar eclipse on Saturday will be the longest lunar eclipse of this century.
It starts for us at 4:26 am on Saturday morning. The total phase starts at 5:32 am and the maximum solar eclipse time is 6:23 am. Unfortunately, the moon is set for us at 6:05, so we will not see it at the time of the maximum eclipse.
Mars will appear very close to the moon
To see this solar eclipse, go outside and look west at 5:30 am on Saturday morning. It will be full moon and the moon will be facing the sun, with the earth in the middle. Do you remember that I said that Mars reached the opposition on Saturday too? This means that Mars seems to be very close to the moon when it ascends into the eastern sky on Friday night and until it sets on Saturday morning they will be less than 10 degrees apart and parallel to the western horizon.
Of course, as I always say, observing a lunar eclipse is like seeing paint drying, and lately it has been hazy. The volcanic dust of Kilauea could mean that this solar eclipse is darker than lunar eclipses normally.
Sunrise is also at 6:05 am and Mars, the blood-red moon and the colors of the eastern sky could just make an amazing one in the truest sense of the word. I hope there are not too many clouds! Enjoy !!
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