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What time will you be able to see the moon and Mars on August 17?

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At sea level in Washington, D.C., the moon appeared above the horizon at midnight on August 17, 2014. At the same location on the same day, Mars rose above the horizon at 1:57 in the afternoon, but it was not visible until the sun set and twilight fell at 10:28.

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What time will you be able to see the moon and Mars on August 17?
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Mars set at 11:09 that evening, meaning it was very close to the horizon at the time that darkness fell and may not have been very visible at all that night. Astronomical bodies that are in the process of setting as the sun sets tend to vanish in the lingering light of the sun.

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