Mars appears as an extremely bright star in Irish skies on Friday evening

Stargazers across Ireland are in for a heavenly treat on Friday night as the full moon illuminates Mars, which appears as an extremely bright red star from dusk until dawn.

According to Astronomy Ireland, everyone on the island will be able to see this rare sight with the naked eye.

“Mars approaches Earth approximately every 2.1 years, which will occur in late 2022. That means it will be exceptionally bright to the naked eye,” said David Moore, editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine.

“Having the full moon up close when Mars is so bright is an extremely rare sight,” he said.

“As people contemplate this marvelous sight in the evening sky, they can avoid the thought that Mars is actually twice as wide as the Moon, but at 200 times the distance it only looks like a brighter one compared to the Moon’s enormous disk ‘Period’ out,” he added

To observe the phenomenon, people should face east from around 7 p.m. when both Mars and the Moon rise.

The spectacle will be on view throughout the evening until well after midnight.

In the meantime, the magazine encourages people to take the picture with their phone camera and send it to magazine@astronomy.ie.

https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/mars-to-appear-as-extremely-bright-star-in-irish-skies-on-friday-night-42135640.html Mars appears as an extremely bright star in Irish skies on Friday evening

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