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The red planet Mars is at its brightest (not to be this bright again until 2035) right now.

Look for it in the eastern sky at about 9 pm. It will be about 30 degrees above the horizon; you can't miss it, unless it's cloudy. :)

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Must look up if I can it here...

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At your latitude, Mars will be about 17 degrees above the horizon at 9 pm. :)

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/uk/swansea

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Thanks Tink.

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You're welcome, SFA. :) Did you see it?

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Cloudy and lashing down...likely to be a few days before a clear sky!

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Bummer... I hope it clears soon. :)

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I can usually see it at night and early morning if it isn't too damn smoky. Then it's usually orange like the moon.

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Oh it's good to know, Tink -- is this the one you go left and then straight on till morning? Truly, your post reminded me of a time I was in the hospital, waking pre-dawn to see the bright morning star...strange how they can arose such admiration in us.

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Well, not really so strange... Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are brighter than the stars, and they move, relative to the stars, so they are really quite special. And of course, the morning/evening star Venus is the brightest of all. :)

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Multi-faceted, astronomical Tinker Bell (lineage Other)...:angel:<3

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I did not see Mars.

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Was it cloudy, or did you not look? Mars is really quite spectacular, brighter than any star (except the sun), and quite red. I can understand why the ancients thought the planet was the god of war.

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