Rare Mars eclipse by full moon stuns stargazers with occultation

Rare Mars eclipse by full moon stuns stargazers with occultation

On Wednesday (Dec. 7), skywatchers around the world were treated to a celestial show as the full moon eclipsed Mars in the night sky.

The rare event, known as a lunar eclipse, refers to one celestial body – in this case Mars – seems to disappear or hide behind another – in this case the moon. This eclipse was especially notable because Mars was in opposition, meaning Soil stood directly between the planet and the sun, making the Red Planet appear particularly bright in the night sky.

Related: See Mars at Opposition in These Free Webcasts Tonight (December 8)

View of the last full moon of 2022 through Christmas lights in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Image credit: Camilo Freedman/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)





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