Arabs to Mars

Impossible is possible: UAE‘s Hope Probe – after 7 months and covering 493.5 million km – reached Mars orbit on February 9, 2021. Congratulations to the United Arab Emirates!

The Hope Probe mission objective is to capture and study the atmosphere of the Red Planet.

In the photographs: Dubai is celebrating UAE‘s historical moment with Burj Khalifa show.

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Once in a Blue Moon

The second Full Moon of the month – Blue Moon (not necessarily blue in color) – shined in the sky on October 31. The simplified definiton of “Blue Moon” says that it is the second Full Moon in one month and the expression “once in a blue moon” means that something happens very rare, almost never.

The first Full Moon in October was on the first day of the month: October Harvest Moon.

That rare Full Moon earned the color blue in its name probably after the 1883 Krakatoa volcano eruption in Indonesia, when the dust haze caused the visual effect of green sunrises and sunsets and a blue Moon.

The coincidence of Full Moon and Halloween is quite rare – it occurs 3-4 times per century (the next ones will be in 2039, 2058, 2077 and in 2096).

During Full Blue Moon and later in November Mars still shines bright in the sky.

More about Halloween Blue Moon (Star Walk News)

In the photos below: Blue Moon rising in Dubai, UAE.

Blue Moon rising – Dubai, UAE

Blue Moon – Dubai, UAE

Ella Fitzgerald – “Blue Moon”

See also:

Supermoons in 2020: March Worm Supermoon | April Pink Supermoon | May Flower Supermoon

Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse | July Buck Moon  | August Sturgeon Moon | September Corn Moon | October Harvest Moon

Mars: Mars is bright tonight

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The Moon and the Company IV

The Moon meets Mars in the sky on the night of 29th October 2020 – in Dubai, UAE.

Moon & Mars – Dubai, UAE


Moon & Mars – Dubai, UAE


Moon – Dubai, UAE


See also:

The Moon and the Company | The Moon and the Company II | The Moon and the Company III | Mars is bright tonight

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Mars is bright tonight

Mars on October 13, 2020 – fully illuminated since it is in opposition (Earth is in between Mars and the Sun) and near its closest point to the Earth (the closest point was on October 6). Mars will shine bright in the sky till beginning of November.

The next such bright Mars we will be able to observe in 15 years…

Mars is bright tonight. ∼ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

One Word Sunday Challenge: Bright – by Debbie from Travel With Intent.

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