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Mars will be more visible than it's been in a decade this weekend

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Jonathan Millstein

Turns out we may not need to wait for Hillary Clinton to tell us if extraterrestrial life exists. This Saturday, will provide one of the best opportunities in nearly a decade to view Mars.

The “red” planet is currently retrograding (appearing to move backwards) and on Sunday it will be aligned directly opposite the sun with the Earth lining up in the middle of the two. Meaning the evening before you will be able to see the “rust” colored planet best, barring weather of course.

For the most clear view of Mars you will want to block out the light from the moon with your hand, think Tom Hanks in Apollo 13. However, you can use the moon as a reference point since Mars will be six degrees of arc South.

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