Monday, June 30, 2008
Mars greets Regulus
Tonight, Mars reaches its closest apparent distance to the bright star Regulus in Leo. In the image above, Mars and Regulus are the two starlike objects near the bottom of the scene. Mars can be seen as being the redder of the two.
Tomorrow night, Mars will have moved slightly above Regulus as it begins its approach to Saturn on July 10. Saturn is the bright object to Mars and Regulus' upper left.
Such is our view from Earth ...