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"Mars is bright tonight."
Ronan and Bane[src]

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and appears reddish in colour.


Mars was noticed to be "bright" by two centaurs, Ronan and Bane, whom Harry and Hagrid encountered in the Forbidden Forest one night in 1992.[1]

In the 1995–1996 school year, the centaur Firenze pointed out Mars during his first Divination class. He referred to it as the "bringer of battle," and said it indicated that the Wizarding world was currently experiencing a brief calm between two wars.

Sybill Trelawney had also discussed Mars in her class, pointing out the fascinating angle the planet made to Neptune with her orrery,[2] and teaching that it causes accidents and burns when in a particular alignment with Saturn. Firenze, however, dismissed this as "human nonsense."[3]


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Notes and references

Astronomy Classroom
Professors: Aurora Sinistra
Astronomy at Hogwarts: Astronomy department · Astronomy Tower · Astronomy Room · Astronomy Stairs · Astronomy Corridor · Astronomy reading room ·
Astronomy classroom
Astronomers: Aurora Sinistra · Copernicus · George von Rheticus · Perpetua Fancourt
Objects: Globe of the Moon · Lunascope · Moon chart · Orrery · Star chart · Telescope
Planets: Jupiter · Mars · Mercury · Neptune · Pluto · Saturn · Uranus · Venus
Satellites: Callisto · Europa · Ganymede · Io · Moon
Constellations: Bartholomeus · Orion

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