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Image    The next few nights promise to be stellar ones for backyard astronomers.
    Mars is visible to the east in the late evening sky. It's a sparkling sight, alternating between red and orange in color. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Mars will appear to stall in the night sky before moving on a reverse course the next few nights. For more details, check www.space.com.
    While gazing at Mars, another destination to check in the eastern sky is Comet Holmes, which continues to make news. The comet exploded on Oct. 23 and continues to grow in size, appearing as a fuzzy ball to the naked eye. It has become slightly larger than the sun, according to www.spaceweather.com.
    Last, but not least, the Leonid meteor shower should peak between midnight and dawn, Sunday, Nov. 18. Forecasters report that up to 10 meteors per hour could be visible under ideal conditions.