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Starwatch: Mars closes in on Pleiades star cluster | Science

Star chart Mars, the new home of Nasa’s Perseverance rover, closes in on the Pleiades star cluster this week to give sky-watchers a beautiful view of contrasting celestial colours. The red planet will appear close to the blue-white stars of the cluster all week, but the closest approach happens on 3 March, when they will be 2.6 degrees apart (a little more than five times the diameter of the full moon). It is the closest these two celestial bodies have appeared since January 1991, when they were just over three...
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