Look up! Mars and the Perseid meteor shower are on full display this coming week

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Sun, August 5, 2018

There are two astronomical treats to see in the coming week — one slow and steady, one just a flash in the sky. (Actually quite a lot of flashes.)

Mars is putting on a continuing display that many astronomy websites have overlooked. As well, the annual Perseid meteor shower is coming.

There was a lot of internet chatter about the fact that Mars recently came closer to Earth than it has been for more than a decade. That happened July 27, making that night supposedly the perfect time to see Mars at its biggest and brightest.


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