Mars at its brightest until 2035

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 15, 2020

After a long wait, people gazed outside to the spot the red planet shining brighter, bigger and redder than usual and the planet will not be this close to the Earth until 2035.

At that point, Mars should be visible to the south east from the United Kingdom, astrophotographer Damian Peach told the BBC. Look toward the south-southwest at sunset to see Jupiter.

The opposition of a planet happens when the Earth moves between the planet and the sun. NASA said in its October WhatsApp blog.

Mars doesn't just appear in the sky for October. Mars rises in the east when the sun sets, and peaks in the night sky at midnight when it is above the southern horizon. Due to these different orbital speeds, Tuesday protests Occurs more than every two years. It's a ideal way to enjoy the action without worrying about the weather.

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The project expects these to be "the best observation conditions since July 2018".

"The race track model of the planetary orbits explains why". Earth is on the inside of the racetrack while Mars is on the outside. "Every 26 months, the fast Earth catches up with the slower Mars and laps it".

Mars isn't the only show in the sky in October.

Tuesday night sees the moment of opposition, with the planets lining up at just after 11pm. You can also Look forward to a rare blue Halloween moon when our lunar neighbor is full on October 31st.

Although Mars would be at its maximum size when viewed through binoculars, the Red Planet actually created it Close approach Last week, on October 6, the two planets were separated by just 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers). Wave to NASA's Perseverance Rover while you're at it. The vehicle is on its way to reach the planet in February 2021.

NASA shared an artist's view of the approaching approach on Tuesday, October 6 Compared to the last contraction in July 2018. The apparent sizes look very similar. This year, the minimum distance to Mars was 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers), which is about 3 million miles more than in 2018.

As for this year's Mars opposition, viewers in the Northern Hemisphere will have an exceptional view of the Red Planet, which is located north and higher in the sky than it was during the 2018 event, Sky & Telescope reported.

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