Mars is below the moon to the right in this 2002 shot that includes Venus.

Mars is below the moon to the right in this 2002 shot that includes Venus.

Moon and Mars Neck and Neck on Memorial Day

Mars, known as the war planet in some parts, will offer a fitting tribute in the skies this Memorial Day. The Red Planet is fading out, turning to a yellow-orange as it pulls away from the close approach to Earth that happened in March.

This will be visible at dusk on Monday in the southwest, sinking into the west-southwest as night wears on, according to Space.com. Outshining it will be the first-quarter moon, commonly called the half moon, though it’s a bit larger than half as binoculars or a telescope will reveal. Mars will be above the moon, to the left. They will pass each other in the sky as night wears on.

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Sky map for Memorial Day 2012. Space.com/Starry Night Software

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