Earth, Mars, and Sun Allignment Tuesday Night 4/8

An alignment between the Earth, Mars, and the Sun will happen tonight. Much more activity in the sky is expected in the next week.

It's not exactly a rara event, but a great sky viewing opportunity. The allignment happens about every two years, every 26 months.

Today, the Earth, Sun, and Mars will align is almost a straight line. Mars is almost at it's closest approach to the Earth, (that happens next week) but tonight, the sun is going to illuminate Mars. According to NASA this is one of the best times to view the red planet.

During this time, the red planet is about 10 times brighter than usual, and if you have a telescope, it's a great chance to view some features on Mars.

The weather tonight won't be perfectly clear, however there should still be some breaks in the clouds, hopefully in the view of the planet. Look in the southeast sky after sunset tonight. (Picture courtesy: NASA)


Next week Meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz will speak to a NASA scientist about the lunar eclips, and what's known as the "Blood Moon."

The eclipse will happen on April 15th, so look for our story on the evening of April 14th where we speak with a NASA scientist about this rare event.

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