See Mars “peering” behind the moon in a stunning eclipse photo

Mars reappears behind the lunar surface after being eclipsed by the moon for about an hour on Dec. 7 in this photo by astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy. (Image credit: Andrew McCarthy/@cosmic_background)

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An impressive new image has captured the moment a tiny and unusually vibrant Mars rose from behind the moon’s crater-covered surface during a recent eclipse.

The red planet has been temporarily obscured from Earth’s view by the passing moon in an event known as a lunar occultation, which occurs about twice a year and lasts about an hour. However, the December 7 eclipse was particularly dramatic because Mars was in opposition, meaning Earth was directly between it and the sun, making the planet appear unusually bright in the night sky. according to the Live Science sister site. Space.com (opens in a new tab).

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