How You Can See A Close-Up Of The Dazzling Planet Tonight Through A ‘Virtual’ Telescope

Can you see Mars at night? Yes—right now you can see Mars from Earth by looking due east as soon as the Sun sets in the west. Mars is today at opposition so as bright as it ever gets. 

However, if you want to get an extra-special close-up then Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona is streaming a special “Virtual Mars Series” of planet-gazing events on YouTube.

During these live webcasts you’ll be able to see real-time close-ups of the red planet through a huge 14-inch “virtual telescope.” 

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How, when and where to see live close-ups of Mars streaming on YouTube

The observatory is running three sessions on YouTube . Its “Virtual Mars Series” is free and open to

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Reports Predict Dazzling Features, Killer Price

The next smart speaker from Apple is about to be announced, it seems. Not only will it come at an amazingly low price, way less than anyone would have expected from an Apple product, but it will also pack surprising components.

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What’s more, it’s been described as “an important product”. Here’s what we know.

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The Apple HomePod is a sensational hi-fi smart speaker, sounding better than its rivals. But, from day one, it has been perceived as being pricey. It originally sold for $349 when it launched in early 2018, though has now dropped to $299.

As such, it’s much pricier than its rivals. Apple has consistently promoted the

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NASA satellite’s dazzling panorama hides 74 exoplanets (and potentially hundreds more)

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This panorama of the northern sky is composed of 208 images taken by TESS in the second year of its mission.


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A series of 208 images captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) over one year reveal a dazzling sea of stars and 74 exoplanets in the northern sky, the space agency said in a release Monday. TESS has now imaged around 75% of the sky over two years. The planet-hunter wrapped up its second year of science operations in July. 

Astronomers are looking through another 1,200 exoplanet candidates to confirm whether new worlds exist there. More than half of those candidates are in the northern sky, NASA says.

TESS pinpoints planets by monitoring several stars simultaneously over large chunks of the sky and keeping watch for any

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Halley’s Comet Meteors, Dazzling Mars And Halloween’s ‘Blue Moon’

October is a always great month to go stargazing, and in 2020 it’s got some truly unmissable sights.

In the northern hemisphere October means longer nights, and when the clocks change it makes stargazing a possible in the early evening.

It’s also the month that the jewels of the winter night sky begin to return; the unmissable Andromeda Galaxy—the closest giant galaxy to our Milky Way—is becoming visible right after dark while towards the end of the month the sparkling Pleiades star cluster will rise in the east before midnight.

The planets are lingering. Jupiter and its four Galilean moons shine brightly in the south after dark with dimmer Saturn in tow, but this month it’s the turn of Mars to dominate post-sunset skies as it comes to opposition. Meanwhile, Venus sparkles in the pre-dawn skies.

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