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See Mars at opposition join the full moon tonight (Dec. 7)

On the evening of Wednesday (Dec. 7) and into the early morning hours on Thursday (Dec. 8), Mars will be directly opposite the sun in the sky in an astronomical arrangement called an opposition. Mars will be in the constellation Taurus while in opposition and will be visible for most of the night reaching its highest point at around midnight local time across the globe. 

Skywatchers in New York City will see the arrangement from around 4:55 p.m. EST on Dec. 7 (2135 GMT) when it raises 7 degrees over the horizon to the northeast according to In the Sky (opens in new tab). The Red Planet will reach its highest point in the sky 74 degrees above the southern horizon, at around 11:41 p.m. EST (0441 GMT). Following this, Mars at opposition will disappear from view on Thursday morning (Dec. 8) when it sinks below 7 degrees over the northwest horizon and disappears from view at approximately 6:27 a.m. EST (1127 GMT). (Your fist’s width at arm’s length equals about 10 degrees in the sky.)

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