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Mars and Venus ‘meeting’ visible to the naked eye next week – how to spot them

MARS and Venus will change direction next week in a rare celestial body.

Stargazers in the US and UK were able to spot the dazzling event with the naked eye in the early hours of February 13.

Mars and Venus will conjunct next week

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Mars and Venus will conjunct next weekCredit: Getty

The coming together, known to astronomers as a conjunction, will peak at 02:38 GMT BST (21:38 EST), according to the stargazing website InTheSky.org.

The popular platform makes accurate predictions about the positions of the planets using publicly available data from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

During the celestial showcase, Venus will rotate about 6.5 degrees north of Mars.

The Red Planet will look like a bright star.

The merging planets will be visible just above the southern horizon.

Venus will be at mag -4.6 and Mars at mag 1.3, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

According to InTheSky, the glasses will be split too wide to be within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars.

They will, however, be visible to the naked eye, making the merge a great stargazing spot for younger space fans.

The conjunction of Venus and Mars is relatively rare, but not unheard of. They usually occur a few times a year.

Your best bet to spot them is to use the Android or iOS app for stargazing.

Handy Stargazing App

Sometimes smartphones can be useful to indicate the positions of constellations and planets in the night sky.

You can try downloading one of these apps to point yourself in the right direction.

However, make sure that you keep your eyes off the phone, stargazing is best when your eyes have adapted to the dark.

Stargazing apps for Android and iPhone include: SkyView Lite, Star Tracker and Star Walk 2.

Some apps are free but a lot of apps charge, so it depends if you want to put ads or not.

You should read reviews of an app and see how many people have rated it before downloading it.

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