Mars has had a great year! After reaching blazing brilliance this summer, the Red Planet has still been a conspicuous object through the fall, hanging high at the meridian after sunset. The waxing crescent Moon will pass close to Mars in conjunction on Friday evening, December 14. This pair will be close the “circlet” asterism in Pisces and the “water jar” asterism in Aquarius. Keep an eye on Mars throughout December and into January as it stays close to the meridian, but ascends higher in the evening sky. For more information about Mars, conjunctions and the meridian, check out our Signs & Seasons curriculum:

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