Mars is below the moon to the right in this 2002 shot that includes Venus.

Moon and Mars Neck and Neck on Memorial Day

ICTMN Staff
5/28/12

Mars, known as the war planet in some parts, will offer a fitting tribute in the skies this Memorial Day. The Red Planet is fading out, turning to a yellow-orange as it pulls away from the close approach to Earth that happened in March.

This will be visible at dusk on Monday in the southwest, sinking into the west-southwest as night wears on, according to Space.com. Outshining it will be the first-quarter moon, commonly called the half moon, though it’s a bit larger than half as binoculars or a telescope will reveal. Mars will be above the moon, to the left. They will pass each other in the sky as night wears on.

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