Astronomy Day – April 29 2017

April 24, 2017

Credit: Ryan Wick

On Saturday, April 29th, the world celebrates Astronomy Day, and here at WeMartians we wouldn’t want to let that pass unnoticed. Mars is a great target for astronomy here on Earth! All this week, we’ll be spreading the astronomical love across our web platforms.

Read more to find out what’s going on and how you can take part! Astronomy Day is for everyone!

Social Media

  • Our Instagram account will have some classic #Mars astronomical photos each day of this week, beginning today!
  • Our Twitter account will publish some random astronomy facts and photos.
  • Over on Facebook, we’ll be sharing some highlighted videos from a great astronomy series by Phil Plait called “Crash Course” to help gear you up!

Where do I get started if I want to do some astronomy?

There’s a lot going on this week in astronomy, and if you want to see everything you can watch, we recommend this article from But here are the highlights:

  • Jupiter is very bright, having reached opposition on April 7th.  Look for it in the evening after sunset to the East! If you have binoculars or a small telescope, you can even spot the four Galilean Moons!
  • Venus is getting brighter every night this week, appearing just before sunrise in the East. It will be low to those of us in the Northern hemisphere, but Southerners will have a great showing.
  • Mars is getting further away form us but is still visible this month in the early evening Western sky.

Further Reading/Listening

If you want to go deeper, check out the following resources.

  • Naked Eye Astronomy Guide – Our article from last year’s Mars opposition giving you an idea of what you can do without a telescope.
  • Astronomy Smartphone Guide – Also from last year’s Mars opposition event, this guide gives you some ideas for Smartphone apps to help you do astronomy.
  • Episode 6 – “Mars; God of War” – Last year, we spoke with Kyle Dally from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and took a look through his telescope. Check out the podcast interview with him.

How can I participate?

Quite frankly – just go outside and look up!

If you’re in to photography, send us some photos that you take of the night sky and we’ll share them through social media. We’d love to hear from listeners around the world and hear their astronomical experiences.

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