Mars Sets As a “Morning Star” This July in the Southwest Sky

Mars Setting Highland Vail 450AMMars setting with thunderstorm tops over DeKalb County as viewed from Highland Avenue and Vail Avenue about 4:50 a.m.

Mobile viewers may have to pinch-zoom to see Mars illumination in photos.

Mars setting and storms in DeKalb County viewed from Arlington HeightsMars setting and storms moving east in DeKalb County viewed from Arlington Heights near Highland Avenue and Campbell Street about 5:00 a.m.

On July 16, 2018 in Arlington Heights, Mars rises at 9:35 p.m. and sets at 6:20 a.m. On July 27, 2018, Mars (in opposition) will rise just after sunset at 8:42 p.m. and will set at 5:15 a.m. — visible during the entire night time hours. See Mars in Planetarium “theskylive.com” for July 27, 2018.

Jupiter sets much earlier at 1:04 a.m.

Venus was next, to the left of the waxing crescent Moon last night, July 15, 2018.

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This year, Mars reaches its long-awaited opposition on July 27—and is visible all night. Look for its south polar cap and dark features that shift as the planet rotates. You will also spot constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius, and the annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower.