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Highland Road Park Observatory


Tuesday 18 February from 4:15 am to 6:15 am
No admission fee. For all ages.
Binocular strongly recommended.

In quite rare cases, our Moon will pass in front of, or occult, a planet. Such is the case on this morning when none other than Mars♂ will be “overtaken” by the Moon.

The first attempted viewing of Mars♂ at HRPO is this special celestial event of the Moon passing in front of the Red Planet.

HRPO will be open for the first step of the occultation—when the Moon covers Mars♂. This should occur between 5:52 am and 5:56 am. Both objects will be in the constellation Sagittarius♐.

Fair Warning: the sky will be brightening, and the Moon and Mars♂ will be very low. A clear view of the occultation cannot be guaranteed.

Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:40 AM.

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