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Mars reaches its peak

April 2014: While Mars shines brighter than at any time since 2007 and Jupiter blazes in the west after sunset, North American observers won't want to miss the total eclipse of the Moon on April 14/15.
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The first of 2014’s two total lunar eclipses occurs at the midpoint of this action-packed month. April’s other highlights include Mars reaching opposition and shining brighter than at any time in the past eight years, fine views of Jupiter in the evening and Saturn later at night, and Venus sliding past Neptune shortly before dawn.

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