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Last night between 9:30 and 10:00 in the evening, we were staring at the starry skies in front of SM Mall of Asia while reminiscing the things that happened this year 2009 and the 2000 decade. During our conversation, I noticed a big and bright red star at first I thought that it was some red light from a communication tower or antennæ.

Inspecting closer (my eyes have zooming capabilities :p ) I noticed that it wasn’t what I thought it was and it wasn’t twinkling either. I got excited because I knew then that I was looking at humanity’s dream - Planet Mars!

And it is my personal dream as well to see Planet Mars this big and bright, in my lifetime of course. If you still remember your Astronomy lessons, Planet Earth and Planet Mars have an oblong or elliptical orbit. Secondly, Mars orbit is more elongated than our own planet.

Third, each planet’s orbit rotate through space over thousands of years, it makes the distance between the two planets to never exactly repeat again. This makes it rare for the two planets to see each other as close as possible.

The closest ever that Earth and Mars met was back in August of 2003 which hasn’t occurred for nearly 60,000 years! Unfortunately, it wasn’t as beautiful like yesterday, and will be tonight.

Aodhan has this to say, “This is the best ever I’ve seen of it. It’s a ruby!” This was after I micro-blogged about Mars last night, he added, “Seen it maybe over 5 of its showings, this one is downright awesome.” (read: Plurk Thread)

I agree, Planet Mars is a beautiful ruby gem in the night sky today and you shouldn’t missed it at all! So without further ado here are the details you need to know.

According to Stellarium, Mars tonight will reach -0.53 magnitude. To give you an idea how bright it is, the brightest star in Earth’s night sky - Sirius (part of the constellation Canis Major) will be at magnitude -1.45 tonight. So yes, Mars will be that bright you really can not miss it!

How to spot Planet Mars:

  • Go out tonight at around 9:30 or 10:30 in the evening and look for the almost Full Moon
  • Once you found Moon, look Eastward until you see a bright red "star"
  • If instead you saw a bright blue star, that is Sirius, continue searching until you see a bright red "star". Here's a tip: Planets do not twinkle ;)

That is Planet Mars, the Planet that has fascinated humanity for æons and filled our dreams with establishing a human civilization on the red planet (or nightmares of an unfriendly Martian race). Planet Mars that many ancients attributed as an omen of an upcoming war, whose name itself came from the god of war “Mars”.

Here are some screenshots I took from the Astronomy Free/Libre Open-Source Software Stellarium. Note: These screenshots assume that you are facing South which puts East to your left (where you will find Mars).

Click to enlarge (will open in a new window/tab).

The next one is Sirius “the Dog Star”, the brightest star in the night sky.

Happy New Year 2010 to everyone!!


ᜌᜓᜃᜒ (Yuki ・ 雪亮)これが忘却の終わりではないなら、私は自分の人生がまさにこの日に終わるかのように毎日生きるでしょう。

YOOki(柳紀 ・ 유기)クロニクル

YOOki(柳紀 ・ 유기)クロニクル は、ᜌᜓᜃᜒ (Yuki ・ 雪亮) がカジュアルで個人的なブログに戻ったことです。 「YOOki」という名前は、YourOnly.One の頭字語と私のニックネーム ᜌᜓᜃᜒ (Yuki ・ 雪亮) のマッシュアップです。

興味深いことに、中国の伝説によると、「柳」(YOO)は古代中国の名前です。この名前の祖先は、舜という古代の賢者の王と密接に関連していました。韓国では、「유」(YOO)の血統の痕跡があります。 Xia、Han、Joseon王朝に。YuまたはYooという名前の所有者は慈善と勤勉さで評判がありました。1

それはまた、「柳」または「柳の木」の言葉でもあり、優雅または細いことを意味します。 そして、水域の近くに生えている木は、すべての人に継続的な栄養と資源を提供します。 それはまた、存在すること、油(油注ぎ(?))、そして単に「U」(あなた)として存在することを意味することもあります。

漢字「紀」(ki)は、記録し、訓練し、秩序を与えることを意味します。 ハングルに相当する「기」(気;技)は、エネルギー、精神、旗、そして期間を意味します。 また、動名詞または不定詞を作成するために使用される接尾辞でもあります。