Mars shines brightly during'opposite' in October

James Marshall
October 12, 2020

For most of October, Mars will be brighter in the night sky than anything else in its vicinity, providing people with a clear view of the red planet.

Mars will be bright and lovely in the night sky of October 2020. It is visible for most of the night.

"This is the time of year where we all get a little bit sad as the days get shorter and it starts to get dark early, but it's a nice reminder that there's lots of lovely stuff that we don't have to stay up late to see now", said Clare Higgs, a fellow PhD student. Mars is also days away from reaching the "opposition", a celestial alignment in which Earth, Mars and the Sun form a straight line in space, with Earth in the middle. And as the sky brightens as the morning approaches, Mars will still be there, but less in the west, less as the sun rises. As NASA says, "Just go out and look and you should be able to see your Mars depending on your local weather and illumination conditions". While enjoying the protests on Tuesday, October 13.

According to Sky & Telescope, Mars will be opposite to the Sun in the sky. On October 13th. This is the ideal way to enjoy the action without weather worries. For those in the United States, this will provide a preview of what to look for after sunset. Earth will be situated directly between Mars and the Sun. NASA on its WhatsApp blog for October. However, if one occurs at the beginning of the month, there's a chance a second one could take place before the month is over - which is exactly what happened in October with the first full moon taking place on Oct. 1 and the second occurring on Oct. 31.

Mars opposition usually occurs every 26 months. You can do this too In anticipation of a rare Halloween blue moon It's not freakish when our lunar neighbor is full on October 31st; It's Bu Tiful. It's not scary; It's boo - typical.

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 center of the sun, while it will be at the closest point from the earth at a distance of 62.3 million km from the center of the earth, Marzouk added. Give a wave NASA's perseverance rover This auto is on its way to the planet in February 2021 while you are doing it. The vehicle is on track to reach the planet in February 2021. The apparent sizes are very similar.

This artist's vision shows the apparent dimensions of Mars during close-ups in 2018 and 2020.

Closer approach may be over, but the planet is still bright at night, so get out and pick up a canter or tune in to the live feed of the virtual telescope program from your computer's convenience.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article