Saturday, December 1, 2007

Mars Rising

It's supposed to be getting pretty cold starting this weekend, especially Sunday. I'm in the business of keeping people from feeling that cold, so I'm expecting to be busier than usual these next few days and nights, but you never know. The cold nights make for excellent star/planet viewing though, (barring clouds, of course). In case you haven't noticed it, the planet Mars has been blazing away high above.
Just find the constellation Orion the Hunter (look southeast for three stars in a tight line, that's his belt)...

Trace a line from his left knee (or left foot if you prefer), through his right shoulder, then straight out about the same distance, until you see a very bright, red, unblinking star. That's Mars.

Grab a pair of binoculars....

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