Leslie Harris in for Nick today. Remember last fall when Mars was really visible? Well it seems to be fading, because it is moving further away from us. However, it will be a bit more visible tonight.
About an hour after sunset, look low in the sky toward the west-northwest for the twin stars of Gemini. Side note, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this twin stars of Gemini, and I’m a Gemini. But I digress.
Anyway if you find the twin stars Castor and Pollux and envision a straight line between them, extend that line a bit further and you should see the yellow orange planet Mars.
And then on June 13th, the crescent Moon will be less than 3° above Mars.
And then on June 23rd, Mars will appear in the Beehive Star Cluster (M44) also known as Praesepe. If it’s a clear night and you use binoculars, you’ll see the beauty of Mars surrounded by stars.