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What a Night to Look up in the Sky!

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Two events to watch for. First the Planet 'Mars' aligns with the Earth & Sun at sunset, making it visible all night.  Next - a flyover over by the International Space Station over Southern California just before 8:00pm tonight.

Mars' closest approach in six years which will be at opposition to the sun on Tuesday, appearing as an orange luminary low in the east-southeast at dusk. (The sun, Earth and Mars will all line up on this day, with Earth in the middle.) At magnitude -1.5, it is equal in brightness to Sirius, the brightest of all stars.

This means Mars rises near sunset and remains visible all night long as it moves nearly overhead across the night sky. It will be a bright burnt orange color and almost 10 times brighter than the brightest stars in the sky.

After staying up in the sky the entire night, Mars sets in the west just as the sun rises in the east." With clear conditions tonight, Mars should be visilble to most of us after Sunset until Sunrise Wednesday morning.

The opposition of Mars will be visible live online in two webcasts. For details on how to watch, read: Mars, Earth and Sun Align Tonight: Watch It Live Online

ISS over So Cal Tonight:

But wait there is more! See the International Space Station tonight over Southern California as well. Look to the WSW and follow to the NNE for 2 minutes from 7:57 PM-8-PM. Max height 24 degrees. Good Luck!

Next Week? A total lunar eclipse on April 15! #socal residents will see it all.

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