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Race between Moon and Mars

  1. Apr 27, 2015 #1
    I went for a walk in a big park for 3 days.
    On first day I saw moon above Mars relatively in sky . Mars was looking like a pointy star being red in colour.
    The next day I saw Mars relatively above moon.
    The third day moon above Mars again and they rising high and high.
    Are they both having a race? :biggrin:
     
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  3. Apr 27, 2015 #2

    davenn

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    when was this ?

    Jupiter and the moon have been relatively close over the last few days
    mars is currently very close to the sun ( in the sky) and cannot be seen
     
  4. Apr 28, 2015 #3
    It was also for the last three days. Maybe you are living in different country and viewing perspective might be different?
    But it is the Mercury which is close to Sun.
    I have read earlier that Mars is closest to moon among other planets.
     
  5. Apr 28, 2015 #4

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    no .... you were most likely mistaking mars for Jupiter

    note again what I said and take special not of what is in brackets

    At the moment, as viewed from earth, Mars is close to the sun and not visible
     
  6. Apr 28, 2015 #5
    :smile: I think you meant to say I am mistaking Jupiter for Mars .
    How one can tell whether it is Jupiter or Mars, without looking by a telescope?
     
  7. Apr 28, 2015 #6

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    either way ... it doesn't matter

    use an astronomy program like Stellarium, it tells you where all the planets, moon, sun and all the stars and deep space objects are
     
  8. Apr 28, 2015 #7
    Is mobile app available for that Stellarium?
    If it was Jupiter , then also why both moon and it were having a race?
     
  9. Apr 28, 2015 #8

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    not sure ... quite possible

    over the last 4 days the moon has caught up with and overtaken Jupiter's position in the sky

    on the 21st to the 23rd April, the moon was quite close to Venus
     
  10. Apr 28, 2015 #9
    Is it the first time?
    Why any breaking news or talk about that is not taking place?
     
  11. Apr 28, 2015 #10

    davenn

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    it happens every month

    here's a pic I just did from Stellarium for some one in India, like yourself
    showing the moon's path over the last week.
    the location is as the date time says for the shown position
    for tonite , the 28th april ... the moon has nmow moved off the top of the image

    moon path.JPG
     
  12. Apr 28, 2015 #11
    And if you change the date by one day, would the moon be above. Can you show the pic?
    What is this phenomena and till how many days in a month it happens?
     
  13. Apr 28, 2015 #12

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  14. Apr 28, 2015 #13

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    Note ... I have not worried about the phases of the moon

    on the 22nd it was just a thin crescent
    on the 27th it was first quarter
     
  15. Apr 28, 2015 #14
    Thanks Davenn.
    I have not studied astronomy but was fascinated by that thing.
     
  16. Apr 28, 2015 #15
    But what is the phenomena for all this or reason of moon going above Jupiter?
     
  17. Apr 28, 2015 #16

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  18. Apr 28, 2015 #17

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    The Moon orbits the Earth and is much, much closer than any of the other planets. Therefore as the Moon moves along in its orbit, it moves near to, and sometimes in front of, other objects as viewed from here on Earth.
     
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