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¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending October 25, 2014
This week, Mars enters Sagittarius. The constellation is “the archer”. It is usually depicted as a centaur—a half man and half horse creature—aiming a bow and arrow. That’s a colorful image appropriate for cultures of long ago that told stories about strange beasts. In modern times, people who look at the stars of Sagittarius liken their arrangement to a household item. They outline a teapot.
Look for the teapot and the red planet when evening darkness starts. The constellation is at about 30° south and it’s on the line the sun travels. So for most northern hemisphere viewers, it’ll be in the southwest. From the southern hemisphere, it will be in the west. Now through about the middle of November, as Sagittarius sets a little later each night, Mars travels through its northern edge.
On November 4, the red planet appears very close to Kaus Borealis. The star, 78 light years from us, is orange and might look like Mars if it were much brighter. The star’s name ...