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At a glance: Double delight

By From page B2 | April 09, 2014

Escabar_MimiThere will be a double delight in the night sky on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of Earth making its closest contact since January 2008. Mars will be easy to spot with its steady fiery-colored tint with a brightness to match Sirius, the most luminous of all the stars. Then on Monday to Tuesday there will be a total lunar eclipse and the Moon will be a spectacular mottled reddish ball for 78 minutes while in the shadow of the Earth. The total lunar eclipse starts at 11 p.m. in El Dorado County and should be worth staying up for.

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