Moon

Moon, Venus, Mars to appear in a triangle

From the Lower Mainland, all three will be visible Tuesday night in what astronomers call a "geocentric inferior conjunction."

If we’re being honest, we can probably only clearly see the moon for a few days a month in the cloudy skies of the Lower Mainland.

But on Tuesday night, not only will the moon shine bright, so will Venus and a faint Mars.

The trio will make a triangle in the sky, according to the space experts at earthsky.org, as what some are calling a “moon dance.”

The U.S Naval Observatory calls the event a geocentric inferior conjunction, when two or more objects in the sky share the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude between Earth and the sun, allowing them to be seen with the naked eye.

Cool, huh?

So tonight, at around 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., look east towards the moon and you’ll see all three.

“The moon and Venus will pop out into your evening twilight almost immediately after sundown,” according to earthysky.org.

“That’s because they rank as the second-brightest and third-brightest heavenly bodies, respectively, after the sun. As dusk turns into darkness, watch for the planet Mars to appear on the sky’s dome, near the waxing crescent moon and dazzling Venus.”

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