MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over the next several nights you can use the full moon to locate Mars in the eastern evening sky.
On Wednesday night, after about 8 p.m., look for a definitely reddish star-like object to the lower left of the moon. That’s Mars.
That’ll be the brightest star-like object in that area of the sky.
Mars is about 68 million miles from the Earth which makes it fairly close by.
See if you can spot markings on Mars and maybe even one of Mars’ polar ice caps. If your telescope gives you and upside down inverted image as most telescopes do look for a white-ish tinge on the lower left side of the disk of Mars — that’ll be a polar cap.