Mars at night: How to see closest Mars-Pleiades conjunction in 30 years this week

Astronomer Tom Kerss, host of the Star Signs: Go Stargazing! podcast, said: “If you only have the chance to see the one thing in the night sky this week, then make sure it’s Mars and the Pleiades star cluster together in a rare conjunction which reaches its best on Wednesday.

“But it’s going to look really nice all week and, particularly, Tuesday to Thursday.

“Mars is passing just a few degrees south of the famed star cluster and if you yourself are able to take a photograph, you will probably see the wonderful colour contrast between the two.”

Mars, of course, will appear to shine with a dusty, orange glow and the Pleiades are a “ghostly blue”.


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