Rare full moon Mars eclipse impresses astronomers with occultation

On Wednesday, December 7, skywatchers around the world were treated to a celestial spectacle as the full moon eclipsed Mars in the night sky.

The event, known as a lunar occultation, refers to a celestial body – in this case, March — seeming to disappear or hide behind another — in this case, the moon. This occultation was particularly remarkable because Mars was in opposition, i.e. Earth was directly between it and the sun, making the red planet appear particularly bright in the night sky.

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