The Astronomy Society of Puerto Rico Inc. (SAPR), an organization endorsed by the NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium, reports that during the night of tomorrow, Saturday, September 5, at dawn on Sunday, the Moon and the planet Mars will be in conjunction, something that can be seen with the naked eye from anywhere on the island.
A conjunction occurs when two or more objects in the celestial vault get close enough to each other creating the illusion that they are together even though they are separated by great distances.
“Starting at 9:30 pm, looking towards the east, we will be able to appreciate how the planet Mars (also known as” The Red Planet “) will be very close to the Moon and will look like a very bright red-orange point at less than a 1st away next to her. ” reported Josué Rodríguez Colón, vice president of the SAPR, an organization that this year celebrates its 35th anniversary.
Rodríguez Colón added that “people who live in some countries of South America (such as Brazil and Bolivia, among others), will be able to observe and witness the occultation of the planet by our natural satellite.”
In the middle of next month, Mars will be at its closest point to Earth, so the SAPR will be conducting virtual observations and “Astro Webinars” free of charge so that the general public and everyone who is interested can participate from the comfort of your home in times of quarantine and Covid-19.
The SAPR invites those fans of astronomy to show their astronomical photographs taken by means of cameras and telescopes through its Facebook page. To all those who send their photos to the email address of [email protected] , the corresponding credit will be given and it will be taken into account for the “Astro Virtual Gallery” that will be inaugurated soon in celebration of the 35th anniversary.
The Puerto Rico Astronomy Society, Inc. (SAPR), is a non-profit organization, as defined by law, that since 1985, due to the passage of Halley’s Comet, has been in charge of promoting interest in Astronomy, for the enjoyment, orientation and education of the Puerto Rican community in general. Through Astronomy you can practice skills related to all sciences and areas of human knowledge such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, high mathematics, anthropology, sociology and even political science.
The SAPR aspires to be the vehicle through which the knowledge of Astronomy can be made viable for the community in general. In this way, mastering the scientific knowledge related to the Cosmos, we can help build the paths that will lead us to understand what we do not know about the stars, promoting the well-being of humanity.
For more information about the conjunction of the Moon and Mars and the upcoming events in celebration of the anniversary of the organization, you can visit its portal on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/saprinc.