Mars and Uranus will line up in a rare 'planetary conjunction' this weekend

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It's a rare opportunity to see the Red Planet and the green planet in the same binocular field of view.

This weekend, Mars and Uranus will enter a rare planetary conjunction in the constellation of Aries, appearing just two widths of a full moon apart.

It's a rare chance to not only catch a glimpse of a brightening Mars but also dull Uranus, which is generally difficult to spot in the night sky.

Both planets can be seen in the same field of view when using any pair of binoculars.

The fourth and seven planets from the sun won't really be close to each other. 

In fact, they'll be about 1.6 billion miles (2.6 billion kilometers) from each other, but in the early hours of Monday, Aug. 1 they will appear just over 1 degree apart in the night sky. 

When and where to see the Mars-Uranus conjunction

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Any night this weekend and through the first part of next week will provide breathtaking views of Mars and Uranus in conjunction

however the exact moment of closest conjunction will vary depending on your specific location

As seen from the Northern Hemisphere, they will rise simultaneously in the east at midnight local time and remain visible high in the southeast until just before sunrise.

The absolute closest conjunctions will be visible early on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, so look around 1:00 a.m. local time where you are (Aug. 2).

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