What's the bright star next to the Moon tonight? How to see Mars

MARS is set to adorn the night's sky tonight as we will be able to see the Red Planet from Earth. How can I locate Mars?

PUBLISHED: 11:33, Thu, Oct 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:33, Thu, Oct 29, 2020

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Mars and Earth have virtually been travelling alongside each other in the last month as they voyage around the Sun. However, Earth, which has a much smaller orbit than Mars - 365 days compared to Mars' 687 days - and our planet is now speeding away from the Red Planet.

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As such, there is limited time on how much longer Mars will be visible with the naked eye, but tonight it will show itself in all its glory.

To see the Red Planet, simply look at the waxing Moon.

Just above our lunar satellite you will see a star which appears as if it is a dusty red colour.

Well that is because it is a dusty red colour, and is not in fact a star. That is Mars.

moonWhat's the bright star next to the Moon tonight? How to see Mars (Image: GETTY)

marsThe position of Mars (Image: EARTHSKY)

The Red Planet takes on the appearance

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