Astronomy

Mars and Saturn Tonight, July 10, 2014

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Mars and Saturn shine from the southern skies this evening as seen in the image above.  (Click the image to see it larger.)  Mars is less than 2 degrees from Spica.  Mars passes closest to Spica on July 12.  Tonight they are about 2 degrees apart.  Mars will rapidly move away from Spica and travel eastward against the starry background.  By month’s end Mars and Spica are about 9 degrees apart.

Saturn is farther east between Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali.  Tonight it is about 2.5 degrees from Zubenelgenubi.

See our planet outlook for this month.

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