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Mars and Spica Align

15 Jul 2014, 01:33 UTC
Mars and Spica Align
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Mars and Spica AlignI've been watching Mars over the past few months as it slips steadily along the Ecliptic. It was near the bright star Spica several months ago as it was near opposition, then moved retrograde toward Porrima on the other side of the constellation Virgo, and now is back near Spica as it resumes prograde motion toward an August rendezvous with Saturn. The image shows where to spot the two bright objects in the south-west sky this week.Image courtesy of Sky Safari.

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