At early dawn tomorrow (Saturday, August 27), the planet Mars shines above the moon whereas the planet Mercury lurks below it. Our chart shows the eastern sky for about one hour before sunrise at North American mid-northern latitudes.
If you’re up before dawn, you should have little trouble seeing Mars. This world looks like a modestly bright ruddy star, shining in the vicinity of the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux.
Contrary to any rumors that may be flying about, Mars won’t be as large as the full moon on August 27, 2011. At present, the diameter of the moon, as seen from Earth, is over 400 times greater than that of Mars. In other words, you’d have to line up more than 400 Marses side by side to equal the apparent diameter of the moon.
Will Mars appear as large as the full moon in August 2011?
How to see Mars in August 2011
As for the moon and Mercury, you might see them just over the horizon about one hour to 45 minutes before sunrise tomorrow. However, you’ll need an unobstructed horizon and possibly binoculars to spot the thin waning crescent moon and especially Mercury.
Mercury, the solar system’s ...