The planet Mars has an approximate two-year orbit around the sun, and it alternates years in appearing bright in Earth’s sky. Although 2013 has not been one of Mars’ good years, 2014 will be much better. Mars has now returned to the east before dawn in preparation for its brightening and becoming visible more hours of the night, as the months pass. EarthSky Facebook friend Thomas Wildoner captured and composed this wonderful image of Mars in front of the constellation Leo. That’s where you’ll find Mars now, if you look, in the east before dawn.
Thank you, Tom!
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.