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2021, April: Mars, From Taurus Into Gemini

Mars from Hubble during 2018

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed Mars on July 18, 2018, during a dust storm and near its closest approach to Earth since 2003. (NASA photo)

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2021, April: Mars moves through Taurus, between the Bull’s horns, and into Gemini.

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During April, Mars moves from Taurus into Gemini.  The planet begins the evening about 50° up in the west below the horns of Taurus, Elnath and Zeta Tauri (ζ Tau), and above the “V” of Taurus with the bright star Aldebaran.  By month’s end, the planet is over one-third of the way up in the sky after sunset.  On April 30, it sets over 4 hours after sunset.  Here are the highlights of Mars position during the month.  Time for each daily note is one hour after sunset.

2021, April 16: Mars, the lunar crescent, and Elnath – the North Horn of Taurus – fit into the field of view of a binocular.
2021, April 17: As night falls, use a binocular to view the lunar crescent near the star cluster M35, with Mars to the lower right of the field of view.

Here’s more about Mars during 2021.


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