Best view of Mars for the next 15 years visible this week

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 15, 2020

Mars will shine in the sky on Tuesday night as the planet lines up with Earth, looking big and bright as it reaches "opposition".

The event, known as "opposition" among astronomers only happens once every two years and is when the Red Planet and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth. Mars is easy to spot thanks to its red color Visible to the naked eye During the resistance, Skywatchers would like to see a high-quality telescope with its famous surface features in more detail.

During this phenomenon, Mars will be at the farthest point from the sun and will be approximately at a distance of 211.5 million km from the centre of the sun, while it will be at the closest point from the earth at a distance of 62.3 million km from the centre of the earth, Marzouk added.

Observers can expect to see Mars as a bright orange dot at the night of October 13, according to article at cnet.com.

"If Earth and Mars followed perfectly circular orbits, opposition would be as close as the two planets could get". That's the closest opposition in almost 60,000 years! Following the night of October 6, Photos of Mars in sky were trending online. The next time the two planets get closer is scheduled for 2035, when the planet Earth is 56.9 million kilometres from Mars.

Earth and Mars orbit the sun at different distances (Mars is farther apart from the sun than Earth and therefore takes longer to complete one lap around the sun). It is so simple to see the planet that you may not even need to have a lot of experience with sky-gazing. "Every 26 months, a fast Earth catches up to Mars and slows it down".

According to NASA, the opposition can be considered as "full Mars" (if you want to understand it in terms of the moon). Look towards the east in the night sky, a little after midnight.

Nasa has outlined its four-step plan (pictured) that will hopefully one day allow people to visit Mars at the Humans to Mars Summit held in Washington DC yesterday. Because Mars orbits the Sun in nearly an egg-shaped motion it can be as far as 250 million miles away from Earth or as close as about 40 million miles away. Using a telescope shows more of the planet's details such as dark and light regions, the solar ice caps and Mars' surface.

Mars doesn't just appear in the sky for October.

More advanced stargazers will recognise Mars in the constellation Pisces. Perihelion Indicates when Mars is closest to the Sun in its orbit.

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