Mars Visible To Naked Eye, For Limited Time


YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SEE MARS WITHOUT A TELESCOPE. THIS IS THE CLOSEST THE RED PLANET HAS BEEN IN MORE THAN A DECADE. BRIAN HACKNEY SHOWS US WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND WHERE: MARS IS BACK, AND IT’S BIGGER THAN EVER. Mars Attacks: We Come in Peace 1:10 (voice over loudspeaker) “I am the Martian ambassador. We come in peace.” LONG GRIPPING THE POPULAR IMAGINATION IN BOOKS AND MOVIES, THE RED PLANET WILL SHINE MORE BRIGHTLY TONIGHT THAN IT HAS IN MORE THAN A DECADE. 50 YEARS OF MARS EXPLORATION @ :05 (damn music in BG) “Hey—that’s data!” THE TARGET OF SIXTEEN ROBOTIC MISSIONS SINCE MARINER 4 IN 1965, WE’VE SENT PROBES HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES TO ORBIT.AND SCOOP. .AND SAMPLE MARS. Mission to Mars (2000) :38 (Gary Sinese/Astronaut in rocket ship) “Let’s go to Mars!” BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO GO TO MARS..SINCE MARS IS COMING TO US. 50 YEARS OF MARS EXPLORATION @ 1:51 nat sot in: “(applause)” THAT’S BECAUSE IN THEIR LAPS AROUND THE SUN, MARS IS AT “CLOSEST APPROACH” TO EARTH TONIGHT.THE CLOSEST IT’S BEEN SINCE 2003.ONLY 47 MILLION MILES AWAY..GLEAMING BRILLIANTLY FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN. THERE, APPEARING IN THE CONSTELLATION SCORPIUS, YOU’LL FIND A TRIANGLE OF BRIGHT STARLIKE OBJECTS. DON’T BE CONFUSED BY THE YELLOWISH ONE AT THE RIGHT. IT’S ACTUALLY THE PLANET SATURN.ALMOST AT CLOSEST APPROACH ITSELF. MARS IS AT THE RIGHT, GLEAMING WITH A BURNT ORANGE COLOR. AND IF YOU DO HAUL OUT A TELESCOPE, IT’LL LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS. AND SINCE MARS IS JUST AT THE END OF ITS WINTER SEASON.YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO SPOT ITS ICY POLAR CAP AT THE MARTIAN SOUTH POLE. BEST VIEWING FOR BOTH MARS AND SATURN IS ALL THIS WEEK AND THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. WEATHER PERMITTING ON YOUR PLANET. I’M BRIAN HACKNEY, KPIX5. (CBS NEWS) TOSS TO METEOROLOGIST PAUL DEANNO

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