2020, October 29: Moon, Mars Together Again


The moon and Mars appear together for the second time during the month on October 29, 2020.

2020, October 29: Two hours after sunset, the moon and Mars appear in the east-southeast. Mars is 4.8° to the upper right of the lunar orb.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

For the second time during October and two evenings before the rare Halloween Full Moon, the moon and Mars appear together during early evening hours.

Begin looking about two hours after sunset when the pair is about one-third of the way up in the sky in the east-southeast.

At that time, Mars is nearly 30° up in the east-southeast, 4.8° to the upper right of the moon. 

2020 October 30: In the western sky, the gibbous moon appears 7.2° to the upper left of Mars (composite image).

Follow them into the evening sky.  During the night the moon moves farther away from Mars as the lunar orb is moving toward the east compared to Mars and the starry background.  By the next morning, the moon is nearly 8° from Mars in the western sky.

Read more about the planets during October.

2021, April 25: Mercury-Venus Conjunction, Mars, Bright Moon

April 25, 2021: Mercury passes Evening Star Venus this evening after sunset.  Look low in the western sky about 20 minutes after sunset.  Mars is marching eastward in Gemini, near the star cluster Messier 35.  The bright moon is near Spica.

2021, April 24: Evening Star, Bright Mercury, Venus, Mars, Gibbous Moon

April 24, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are entering the evening sky.  They are low in the west-northwest during evening twilight.  The bright moon is in the southeast in Virgo.  Mars moves into Gemini as it approaches the star cluster Messier 35.

2021, April 24: Lunar Occultation, Morning Planets, Jupiter Saturn

April 24, 2021:  The bright gibbous moon is near a star in Virgo during the early morning.  From parts of the Western Hemisphere, the moon covers the star.  Before sunrise, bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.

2021, April 23: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars, Moon

April 23, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mercury are entering the evening sky.  They are found very low in the west-northwest after sunset.  The bright moon is in the southeastern sky during the early evening.  Mars is moving toward the star cluster Messier 35.

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