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Look up! Mars expected to light up night sky

Look Up! Mars Expected to Light Up Night Sky

If you catch yourself looking up at the night sky this evening, you might notice what looks like a bright star with an orange tint. That's actually the planet Mars. Here's HLN:

'The planet is expected to line up with Earth and the Sun. It happens every two years. You should be able to get a good look tonight.'

KMPH says 'Astronomers say to look for a bright orange dot in the sky tonight. That is Mars and it should be 10 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky.'

Out of this world photos

This event happens every two years because the planets are relatively close to each other. But this year it's a little different. National Geographic reports: 'This year's event creates the perfect cosmic alignment to have Mars shine its biggest and brightest in the evening sky in nearly seven years.'

According to Space.com, 'As March gives way to April, the distance between the two planets is shrinking by about 300 kilometers every minute.'

Astronomers know this event as the 'opposition of Mars,' which sounds like some sort of alien thriller. But it's really when Mars and the Sun are on opposite sides of the sky.

'Mars rises in the east at sunset and soars almost overhead at midnight.'

If you're an astronomy junkie, you'll be happy to know Mars will make another appearance next week.

On April 14, at 8:53 a.m. EST, Mars will come within 57.4 million miles of Earth, its closest approach since January 2008. That also happens to be the same night as the total lunar eclipse.

Sounds like we are in for quite the astronomical treat.

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alfredjohnsonalfred April 08 2014 at 3:12 PM

Mars so pretty and bright,Shine away and make my night I'll be looking and Hope you might come out and play tonight!Only happens few times so bright!

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snoflache April 08 2014 at 4:52 PM

Have Your Say...Looking forward to seeing Mars illuminate tonight and also on April 14th.

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babyloie1 snoflache April 08 2014 at 5:29 PM

hmmm..........which is also Passover.

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redroben April 08 2014 at 3:43 PM

That's amazing.

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KeithDB April 08 2014 at 6:05 PM

Readers of Brenda Hiatt's Starstruck series should be excited, but I won't reveal why.

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ijamer April 08 2014 at 2:30 PM

we are waiting fot it, it's nice to watch it, hope the sky will be clear.

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Claudette April 08 2014 at 2:17 PM

Hope I can stay up and out long enough to see it.

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Kate Claudette April 08 2014 at 2:43 PM

You and me both, laugh. I was up way too late last night, so may fall asleep long before I get a chance to look for this.

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marcclemen7 Kate April 08 2014 at 5:23 PM

Well,,I work nights so I will have my break outside 2night... ��

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Rhoda April 08 2014 at 3:18 PM

Will try to see it.

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kyoung1501 April 08 2014 at 2:58 PM

First time I saw this I was pretty amazed. I had no idea what it was until I read the paper the next day. It's a cool thing to observe. The time thing is a little misleading. While certainly, there are optimum times for viewing, in most cases events in the night sky occur over a period of time. It's not "now you see it, now you don't." And working the graveyard shift, I'll take whatever I can get at break time. Makes that cigarette and cup of coffee that much better.

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Sparky5229 April 08 2014 at 6:08 PM

Will we see Flash Gordens Rocket Ship ?

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randihpnc246 Sparky5229 April 08 2014 at 7:30 PM

Maybe we will see some Wallmartshians.

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maestro1232 April 08 2014 at 2:52 PM

I'm definitely busting out the telescope tonight!

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