Mars will shine like a celestial lighthouse in the night sky as NASA launches its next robotic lander to the Red Planet tomorrow (May 5), but only if you know when and where to look. Mars is the destination for NASA’s InSight lander, which is scheduled to launch early Saturday from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. Liftoff is scheduled for 7:05 a.m. EDT (4:05 a.m. PDT/1105 GMT). Skygazers in central and southern California, as well as those watching from Mexico’s northern Pacific Coast, may be able to see InSight launch toward Mars, weather permitting, NASA officials have said. And depending on your time zone, you may be able to see Mars before or just after the liftoff. [Where to Watch NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Launch from California] To see Mars, look south before dawn on Saturday. The Red Planet will shine to the lower left of the moon at about 6 a.m. in your local time zone (which is after InSight’s launch in California, but before the liftoff in Eastern Daylight Time). If you have a star chart, use it to locate Mars and the moon, which can be found near the constellation Sagittarius,  according to this video guide from NASA’s… Read full this story
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