Tomintoul Primary School
37 Cults Drive, Tomintoul, Banffshire, AB37 9HW
On 8 December 2022, Mars will reach opposition. It will be a splendid telescopic target, well-placed for observation in the Northern Hemisphere and well worth observing as the nights get colder and the dark winter months approach.
On the same night as the opposition, in the early hours, the Moon will appear to pass in front of Mars in an event known as a lunar occultation.
Please note that this has already taken place on 08/12/2022
Tomintoul and Glenlivet Dark Sky Park is organising this event
Please contact Tomintoul and Glenlivet Dark Sky Park directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.
The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.
Thu 8th Dec
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.