The moon will occult Mars on Jan. 30, and it’s the last time this will happen until 2025.
Occasionally, planets appear to move westward in what is called “retrograde” motion. In late October, Mars dances across the sky headed east.
Shortly before sunrise Aug. 19, you can glimpse this lunar trifecta: third-quarter moon, Pleiades star cluster, and Mars in the desert sky.
The moon will rise in the east during the evening of May 15, resulting in a total lunar eclipse for 90 minutes followed by a partial eclipse.
A beautiful, waning crescent moon will glide past a row of planets, passing Saturn, Mars, and finally Jupiter and Venus on April 27.