Monday, June 30, 2008

Mars greets Regulus

Tonight, Mars reaches its closest apparent distance to the bright star Regulus in Leo. In the image above, Mars and Regulus are the two starlike objects near the bottom of the scene. Mars can be seen as being the redder of the two.

Tomorrow night, Mars will have moved slightly above Regulus as it begins its approach to Saturn on July 10. Saturn is the bright object to Mars and Regulus' upper left.

Such is our view from Earth ...


Jeff said...

I have been enjoying this nightly progression (whenever the clouds aren't in the way.) Thanks for keeping us updated on these celestial events!

Curious Skywatcher said...

Yep, you're right. Tonight looked good until the clouds showed up!