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Moon and Mars View Tonight: The Planet Made a Closet Approach to Earth

By Aazam

The waning moon will be visible as the sun sets around 6 p.m. Arizona time on October 14

A bright, red dot of Mars will be shining several fingers' width down to the right around 10 p.m.

If you look up to the sky you should be able to see Mars 3.6 degrees below the 73%-lit diminutive gibbous moon.

This occurs when the moon is between a full moon and a half moon. "Waning" means that the light on the Moon is diminishing.

The moon is expected to come out around 9 pm, using a pair of binoculars will help you get a better view of the moon and Mars.

Once the Sun is rising at about 6:30 a.m. on October 15, the Moon will be too far ahead to be seen.

The Red Planet continues to glow as it waxes until the biennial super bright "opposition" in early December

This means that the Earth will be between Mars and the Sun as we move faster around the Sun. It will be closest to Earth for only two years

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