Tonight, watch the rare “Martian Eclipse” when the moon blocks the red planet’s light – how it’s seen

MARS will disappear in the early hours of Thursday in a special event that only happens every two years.

Earth will be in a direct straight line between the Red Planet and the Sun.

The moon will come in front of Mars just before 5 a.m

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The moon will come in front of Mars just before 5 a.m

It’s a process called opposition, and it happens about every 26 months.

This will make Mars look bigger and brighter than usual.

But what makes it even more special is that it coincides with a full moon – and Mars is obscured by it.

This is a rare event known as lunar occultation.

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“Mars’ elliptical orbit means some opposites are better than others, and for the rest of this decade the planet will be farther away than this month,” the Royal Astronomical Society said.

“It won’t be any closer to Earth until 2033, and it will take 2037 for the planet to be that well placed in UK skies.”

Best of all, you don’t even need a telescope to see it.

As long as the sky stays clear you should be able to see it with the unaided eye from the UK.

But you must set your alarm clock early.

Mars is scheduled to disappear behind the moon at 4:54 a.m.

And it will reappear a little over an hour later at 5:56 am.

You’ll have to get up and look just before 4:54 a.m. to see it moving behind the moon.

If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until January 2025 when the next one takes place.

“This is an excellent opportunity for astrophotographers to capture images of the red disk of Mars adjacent to the lunar surface,” added the Royal Astronomical Society.

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