An illustration of the night sky on Dec. 07 showing the full Cold Moon occulting Mars.

Watch Opposition Mars Pass Behind the Moon This Week in These Free Webcasts

This week offers multiple opportunities to get a good look at the red planet.

On Wednesday (December 7), the full moon will be in close proximity to bright Mars in an event known as the lunar occultation. And on Thursday (December 8), Mars will be in opposition, which means that in Earth’s sky, it will be directly opposite the sun. These events also coincide with Mars being near perigee (its closest point to Earth), occurred on November 30.

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