The rare event is called a lunar occultation, and it is similar to an eclipse. During an eclipse, the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up. In a lunar occultation, Earth, the Moon, and another planet line up. During the period of Tuesday’s lunar occultation, Mars will be hidden from view as it passes behind the Moon. This event is very rare due to the different alignment between Mars ’orbit and the lunar orbit.
You will be able to see the event without a telescope, as both cosmic entities are bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. Here are the timings for people in different time zones in the U.S. to best view the event, courtesy of AccuWeather.
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