Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve 2007 Sky Decorations

There was a full moon last night. It will be visible tonight too, and according to NASA, it will be the brightest full moon you'll see for the next 16 years:
"That's because it's the highest-riding full moon until the year 2023."
- Christmas Eve Sky Show
Not only that, but if you look next to the moon, you'll see a little red dot - that's Mars. NASA says that this Christmas Eve:
"Mars is at its closest to Earth for the next nine years."
Also, Mars right now is uniquely located directly opposite the sun, meaning it will be visible all night long, whenever the sun is set.

So tonight, look to the sky for a Yuletide Treat!
Thanks to the Angry Lab Rat for the heads up on tonight's moon!
That beautiful photo of the moon was taken by an amateur photographer in Foster City, California. More here.

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