Venus and the moon will pass by the dying Mars in the evening sky this weekend

If there were ever a “dissenter” among the planets visible to the naked eye, this title would certainly go to Mars.

Just nine months ago, Mars was 38.8 million miles (62.43 million kilometers) from Earth, which was the closest since August 2003 and won’t be that close until September 2035. Mars looked three times brighter than Sirius. , the brightest star in our sky, even rivaling Jupiter in brightness. In fact, Mars is considered the third brightest nocturnal object after the Moon and Venus.

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