Watch Mars in opposition pass behind the Moon this week in this free online broadcast

This week offers multiple opportunities for a great look at the Red Planet.

On Wednesday (December 7), the full moon will be in close proximity to bright Mars during an event known as a lunar occultation. And on Thursday (December 8), Mars will be in opposition, which means that in Earth’s sky, it will be found directly opposite the sun. These events also coincide with Mars’ near perihelion (its closest point to Earth), which happened on November 30th.

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