See the half moon pass by Mars in the sky tonight

The moon and Mars will make for a nice spectacle in the night sky tonight.

According to calendars and almanacs, Monday evening (Feb. 27) bring us a first quarter moon. It’s also sometimes called the “half” moon, although as darkness falls across North America, close inspection with binoculars or a small telescope will reveal that there is actually a little more than half of the moon illuminated by the sun. That’s because the actual moment of first quarter occurred much earlier in the day at 3:06 a.m. EST or 12:06 p.m. PST (0806 GMT). 

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