A rare eclipse of Mars by the full moon amazes stargazers in the unseen (video)

On Wednesday (December 7), skywatchers around the world received a celestial show as the full moon eclipsed Mars in the night sky.

The rare event, known as a lunar occultation, marks one celestial body — in this case, Mars — appearing to disappear or hide behind another — in this case, the Moon. This absence was particularly noteworthy because Mars was in opposition, meaning Earth was directly between it and the Sun, making the Red Planet appear particularly bright in the night sky.

Related: Watch Mars in opposition in this free webcast tonight (December 8)

A view of the last full moon of 2022 through the Christmas lights in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo credit: Camilo Freedman/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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