Join us tonight (Saturday July 21st for Sidewalk Astronomy at Monrovia's Library Park, Myrtle and Lime street corner, 7:30 p.m.until 9:30 p.m.
Mars will be be rising by about 9 p.m. and it is already at its
brightest since the very best (in something like 50,000 years)
2003 closest approach, but will be low in the SE sky, higher
closer to midnight, bnut never very high, and also that's too late
for our sidewalk astronomers to be out. It's only a fraction
larger this opposition, so beware of the hype.
There will be a magnificent parade of planets visible again
tonight - but you can also see them from home! Perhaps you've
noticed them over the last couple of months - both at home and
through telescopes or binoculars. There are four bright objects --
Venus low in the W, then eastward Jupiter, Saturn and Mars
spanning the W to the East. As Venus sets, Mars rises. You can see
these planets without a telescope from your front or back yard!
Tonight the moon is in the mix too.
Here is a gorgeous photo my JPL colleague Bill Dunford took of
the planetary lineup from near his home in Utah last week.
-- Jane Houston Jones @jhjones @otastro Jane's What's Up video episode #133: July 2018 - Mars Opposition! https://go.nasa.gov/2IjBkNh New! FB Watch What’s Up video page https://www.facebook.com/NASAWhatsUp/