Rare Mars eclipse by full moon wows stargazers with occultation

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On Wednesday (Dec. 7), skywatchers around the world were treated to a celestial show as the full moon eclipsed Mars in the night sky.

The rare event, known as a lunar eclipse, refers to one celestial body — Mars in this case — appearing to disappear or hide behind another — in this case the moon. This eclipse was especially notable because Mars was in opposition, meaning Earth was directly between Mars and the sun, making the red planet appear particularly bright in the night sky.

Related: See Mars at Opposition in These Free Webcasts Tonight (December 8)

View of the last full moon of 2022 through Christmas lights in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Image credit: Camilo Freedman/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)


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