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Night Sky: Spot Mars at its best visibility

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Use these tips to spot Arcturus, Spika and Mars at its best visibility in 2014, according to Earth Sky.

Here’s a useful phrase for all of you stargazers. Scouts learn this phrase. Grandparents teach it to kids. It was one of the first sky tools I learned to use in astronomy. The phrase is: follow the arc to Arcturus and drive a spike to Spica. In 2014, you might also add … and locate the red planet Mars. And you want to locate Mars! It’s now at its best for this two-year period, plus it’ll be near the moon in eclipse later this month. Follow the links below to learn more.

[Read the full story at Earth Sky]

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