Occultation of M44 by Mars

2013 Sep 8

Mars will pass in front of M44.

The pair will visible in the east in the early morning sky. At the moment of closest approach, Mars will be at mag 1.4, and M44 at mag 3.7, both in the constellation Cancer.

At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.

At a declination of +19°58′ , they will be seen to best advantage in the northern hemisphere; it will be possible to see them at latitudes between 89°N and 50°S.