Mars in the Beehive: the Red Planet meets Messier 44 – online observation (2 June 2023)

Next 2 June 2023 Mars, the Red Planet, will shine perfectly aligned with the famous Messier 44 open star cluster, also known as the Beehive (and Praesepe). We will share this beautiful vision with you.

Mars and Messier 44 (aka the Beehive) star cluster: poster of the event.

Mars and Messier 44 (aka the Beehive) star cluster: poster of the event.

Of course, this alignment is just matter of perspective, with Mars placed at about 300millions of km and the cluster at about 600 light years from us! Messier 44, nicknamed “the Beehive” ( also known as Praesepe), is one of the most important open star clusters out there, one of the deep sky gems first telescopically observed by Galileo.

The Virtual Telescope Project will show this elegant cosmic event live, using our new large field of view astrograph, providing a spectacular view, with color images. The bright planet Venus will be also visible in the same field of view.

The online, free session is scheduled for 2 June 2023, starting at 20:00 UT.

To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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