The moon and Mars will rise in tandem just after midnight between Saturday and Sunday.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning will offer a real treat for stargazers, as Mars and the moon are scheduled to rise in tandem, and right next to each other. Not only that, but Saturn will be visible to the west of Mars, and the Red Planet will only continue to get brighter in the coming weeks culminating with its July 27 opposition, when the Earth is directly between Mars and the sun.
The only problem is the weather. There are storms in the mid-Atlantic states so there is a risk that cloudy weather will make the starry skies not visible when the moon and Mars are at their most brilliant. However, the rest of the country should get good views of the Red Planet.
But as you focus on Mars and the moon, don’t forget Saturn. If you have access to a telescope, you’ll even be able to see the planet’s rings. They should be visible even with the smallest telecope at a magnification of 25 times.
“The moon continues its trip through the planets tonight. Just after midnight, the moon and Mars will rise in tandem,” states an Accuweather report. “Saturn will not be too far away. It will be just west of Mars and not as bright as the Red Planet. Mars is growing brighter every night. On July 27, Mars will reach opposition. This is when Earth will be directly between Mars and the sun. Therefore, Mars will look very bright and grace the sky all night. It will be brighter than Jupiter!”