While Kentucky was busy winning a national championship, the world kept turning.
And the planet Mars has come for a visit.
In fact, last night around 8:30pm ET, the moon, Mars, and the bright star Regulus formed a ‘cosmic triangle’ in the night sky.
Isosceles, from the look of it.
This is the closest Mars has been to the Earth in a month, and when it returns next month, it will only appear half as bright (something to do with its current retrograde motion, blah blah). So this is a good time to take a look-see.
In the triangle , Mars is the reddish object, Regulus the blue. And the moon…well, I think you can figure that one out for yourself.
Hmmm. Red and blue ‘stars’ appear in the sky…right after the NCAA Finals? I’m sure astronomers will simply point to the celestial calendar. But I think this is proof positive:
There are college basketball fans on other planets.