Moon and Mars converge for a celestial treat

Sky gazers were in for an astro-treat this weekend on Friday night as Moon and Mars converged in for a beautiful conjunction.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2012, 23:28 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Sky gazers were in for an astro-treat this weekend on Friday night as Moon and Mars converged in for a beautiful conjunction.

The Moon was in conjunction with planet Mars at 10.41 p.m. on February 10 and both appeared to be near to each other as seen from earth.

Celestial gazers saw the red planet paired with moon from sunset to sunrise. After 9 p.m., the enthusiasts just looked towards the Eastern direction where they witnessed a bright Moon and a non-twinkling star like object near it. This non-twinkling reddish object was nothing but planet Mars.
Two days later on February 12, the Moon can be seen paired with Saturn and Spica, which is the 15th brightest star in the night sky, after 11.30 pm. This will be a triangular pairing.