Rumor has it that if you wish upon a star, your deepest desires may just happen for you, but this time you'll be wishing on a planet. The science behind this well-known superstition may still be awaiting confirmation, and as far as celestial events go, tomorrow is basically going to be a stargazer’s dream come true for Floridians. Here's what you need to know to catch this skyward sight of the moon devouring Mars.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Floridians will be able to view what is called a “Martian occultation.” 

Now, before you get all excited about the prospect of 1980s movie-style aliens, just keep in mind that “Martian” means “of Mars,” and “occultation” is basically the fancy NASA way of saying “hiding.”

This means that the planet Mars will hang out on the dark side of the moon for about an hour, making it completely invisible to us here on Earth. 

This is going to be a major sight unseen! But before it disappears, you can actually watch it as the moon seemingly eats Mars right out of the sky.

You're not going to want to miss the otherworldly picture of a bright red Mars migrating slowing towards the illuminated crescent moon. 

This is an image that you will only be able to catch right before dawn in the Sunshine State, which decreases your chances of being able to see this with the naked eye, but it's not impossible.

If you get out early enough and weather conditions are clear, you'll see be able to see Mars as it slowly inches closer to the moon.

While you'll be able to see this phenomenon across the Eastern Time Zone, in Florida, this will happen just after sunrise, which means that the actual instant when Mars hides behind the moon can only be seen with a telescope or binoculars.

Grab your bestie, your bae or your whole crew, and sit in the clear of the night to watch the starry sky as it fades into dawn. This is the perfect opportunity to see the universe in a totally new way.

And, who knows? Maybe you’ll spot a shooting star, while you’re at it, and make a few wishes along the way.

Whether you're a total astronomy nerd or you just want to hang out underneath a crescent moon, you shouldn’t miss this stunning natural gift.

Martian Occultation 

Price: Free, courtesy of Mother Earth

Where: Florida and the Eastern Time Zone, right after sunrise.

Why You Need To Go: Sit below an umbrella of stars, soak up the image of the crescent moon, reconnect with nature. Go with your best friend, your bae, or go it alone. This is one of those rare moments in life that you just shouldn't miss. Get out just before dawn to watch as Mars drifts into hiding behind our moon. 


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