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2020, October 2-3: Moon, Mars Together

Mars and Moon, September 6, 2020

2020, September 6: Mars and Moon. (Composite image)


On the night of October 2-3, 2020, the moon appears near Mars.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

Mars appears with the moon on two nights during October 2020, the night of October 2-3 and October 29.

On the evening of October 2-3, look for the moon about two hours after sunset in the eastern sky.  The bright moon is nearly 16 days past its new phase and 98% illuminated. 

2020, October 2: About two hours after sunset, look for bright Mars 1.7° to the upper left of the bright moon.

Planet is is the bright star that is 1.7° to the upper left of the lunar orb.

As the night unfolds, the pair seems to move westward as Earth rotates.  They appear in the southern sky about 2 a.m. CDT on October 3.  As the new day progresses, the pair is in the western sky.

2020, October 3: Farther west, the moon – over 26° in altitude in the west-southwest – is 2.8° to the upper left of Mars.

About an hour before sunrise, they are about one-third of the way up in the sky in the west-southwest.  At this time, the moon is 2.8° to the upper left of the Red Planet.

During the night, the moon moves slowly eastward as Mars  inches westward compared to its starfield.

Read more about the planets during October.

2021, September 28:  Morning Moon, Evening Planets

September 28, 2021:  This morning the moon, as it approaches its Last Quarter phase, is high in the south at the Gemini – Taurus border.  The evening planet pack – Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – brightly shine after sunset.

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