"Mars Meets Its Rival!  And Won't Be This Close Again Until 2016!"

Scheduled air date: 1999 Sep 06-12

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Mars appears to pass near its "rival" star, Antares, over the next two weeks.   Mars and Antares are of similar color and brightness, which resulted in the Greeks naming the star Antares (meaning anti-Mars).
The Moon will also appear to pass nearby, being particularly close on the evenings of the 15th and 16th.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.  Mars' position is shown at two-day intervals.)

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.


Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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