We are starting 2020 with a rare event in space, a lunar occultation. A lunar occultation practically means that the Earth, the Moon, and Mars will line up. The fact is similar to an eclipse, but it’s happening only with the Earth, the Moon, and another planet.
This Tuesday, we will be witness to a lunar occultation in which Mars is involved, and it will disappear from view in the back of the Moon. The lunar occultation is rare because an event like this happens only if the alignment of the planet and the lunar orbit are different.
The Lunar Occultation
The rare event is available even for us with a telescope, cosmic entities, or the naked eyes. However, a part of the population is lucky enough to see it better. We will give you the countries and the time zones for the U.S. in New York City the event will start at 7:29 A.M. EST; in Atlanta, the event will begin at 7:07 A.M. EST; in Chicago, you can see it beginning with 6:06 A.M. CST; in Dallas, it starts at 5:46 A.M. CST; in Denver, it will start at 4:41 A.M. MST; in Los Angeles, it’s happening at 3:38 A.M. PST, while in Seattle it begins at 3:42 A.M. PST.
The Mars Eclipse
Besides this, if you want to see the event, you must do it following the starting hours, because while the Sun rises, the lunar occultation will be harder to spot. This information is available for the Eastern Coast of the U.S., while the people from the central time, the view will be better.
In fact, the West Coast can be the luckiest one because the event will have the best view. If the sky is good with us, it is helpful if you still have darkness when the event will end, because you can see Mars coming out behind the Moon.