Largest moon of 2010 and brightest Mars in years on display tonight

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 29, 2010 2:25 pm


One of the many reasons we love mountain living so much here at The Ski Channel is that besides giving you easy access to a great active lifestyle, it also provides phenomenal viewing for astronomical beauties. 

We’ve reported on comets, meteor showers and the like…and now we’ll tell you to hike up your favorite mountain tonight to get a great, clear view of the largest moon of 2010. It’s happening tonight. That’s right, tonight is the night of the Wolf Moon…it will be 14% wider and 30% brighter than it would be at the opposite time of the year.

Plus, tonight, you’ll get the biggest and brightest view of the Red Planet, Mars. It hasn’t been this big or bright in 780 days, over 2 years!

The moon traces an orbit around the Earth, and tonight it will come the closest to our planet all year. Mars will be as close to us as it is to the sun…which means it will simply look like a bright star (like Sirius).

The Native Americans have a name for this moon (well, several actually), but we like The Wolf Moon. 

So, hike up your favorite mountain this evening and enjoy the sky for all its beautiful wonders!!