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02/17/2020 – Ephemeris Extra – The Moon will cover the planet Mars in morning twilight tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th.

18 Feb 2020, 01:54 UTC
02/17/2020 – Ephemeris Extra – The Moon will cover the planet Mars in morning twilight tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th.
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Sorry, I missed this until now. Tomorrow morning the 18th Mars will be occulted by the Moon. For Northern Lower Michigan Mars will disappear shortly after 7:10 a.m. The exact time depends on your location, so I can’t be more specific. At that time the Moon and Mars will be in the southeastern sky. Mars is now first magnitude, but will fare poorly in the morning twilight, so I’d suggest finding the Moon and Mars at least 15 minutes earlier with binoculars or telescope. Mars will reappear at the Moon’s unlit side around 8:37 a.m. This is after sunrise, so a telescope will be required to spot it. Hoping for clear skies, though the weather forecast isn’t promising.
A map of where the occultation of Mars will be visible. Created using Occult4.
Where Mars will disappear at the Moon’s sunlit edge. Created using Stellarium.
Mars will reappear at the Moon’s unlit edge around 8:36 a.m. give or take. Created using Stellarium.

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