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Mars Disappeared Behind The Moon Monday Night. Check Out The Replay

This is a picture of the Earth and the moon in space. On a black background, in the lower left corner is Earth, half-illuminated. In the upper right corner is a small white sphere, which is  the moon.
Earth and the moon, acquired by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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The planet Mars disappeared behind the moon at around 8:30 p.m. Monday night and re-emerged on the other side an hour later. The Griffith Observatory streamed the event on YouTube.

Wait, what is this? This kind of lunar event is called an occultation, when a planet completely disappears behind the moon and reappears on the other side, according to the Griffith Observatory.

How you can see it: Griffith Observatory won't be offering any onsite telescopic viewings of the phenomenon, but you can still stream it live on its YouTube channel or watch below!

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The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m., with the red dot that is Mars expected to slide behind the moon at 8:36 p.m. According to the observatory, if skies are clear, Southern California will be in a prime position to view it with the naked eye.

In case you wondered, Griffith Observatory says: "It is safe to view an occultation without any eye protection. You do not need a telescope to see an occultation though telescopes or binoculars may enhance the view. Just go outside and look up to the south."

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