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Watch Mars and Uranus Meet Tonight on the Night Sky Webcast

Mars and Uranus are currently neighbors in the night sky, and tonight (August 1st) you can get a good idea of ​​their unusual encounter online.

The two planets are now close enough in the sky to be seen together with binoculars or a low power telescope. But even if you don’t have that gear, you can still take a good look at today’s webcast.

The Virtual Telescope Project, led by Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, will broadcast views of Mars and Uranus tonight starting at 9:00 pm EDT (01:00 GMT Aug. 2). You can watch live here on Space.com or directly from the Virtual Telescope Project. (will open in a new tab).

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The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast observations of the conjunction of Mars and Uranus live on August 8. August 1, 2022 at 21:00 ET (01:00 GMT August 2). (Image credit: Virtual Telescope Project)

Mars and Uranus have been approaching each other in our skies for some time now. The peak of their meeting will come tomorrow (August 2), when the two planets will be separated by only 1.5 degrees. (Reminder: Your clenched fist covers approximately 10 degrees of the sky at arm’s length.)

Although Uranus is much larger than Mars, the Red Planet appears much brighter in our skies due to its relative proximity to the Earth and the Sun. The bluish-green Uranus is currently shining at a magnitude of about 5.8, while Mars shows around 0.2. (On the logarithmic magnitude scale that astronomers use, lower numbers denote brighter objects. By comparison, the brightest planet in our sky, Venus, shines at a maximum magnitude of about -4.6. (will open in a new tab).)

If you’re looking for a telescope or binoculars to watch Mars approach Uranus, head over to our guides for the best binoculars deals and the best telescope deals right now. Our best astrophotography cameras and best astrophotography lenses will also help you prepare yourself for your next skygazing.

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