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A rare full moon eclipse on Mars surprises astrologers with an occultation

A rare full moon eclipse on Mars surprises astrologers with an occultation

Sky watchers around the world were treated to a celestial show on Wednesday (December 7) as the full moon eclipsed Mars in the night sky.

The rare event known as a lunar occultation involves a single celestial body—in this case, Mars — seems to disappear or hide behind another — in this case, the moon. This occultation was particularly remarkable because Mars was in opposition, ie The Earth was right between it and the sun, making the Red Planet appear especially bright in night sky.

Connected: See Mars in opposition in these free webcasts tonight (December 8)

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



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