Mars on the shores of the Lagoon

On the morning of the 18th February, Mars will be about 3/4 degree above the Lagoon Nebula, M8, and approximately 3/4 degree below the Trifid nebula, M20. See the picture below:

True astronomical dark ends at 5:24UT that morning so you will have to be up early and have a clear horizon. You may have to juggle the ever brightening sky with altitude as Sunrise is at 7:15UT.

Clear skies.

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