Looking at the Skies: Mars comes in opposition

James Marshall
October 15, 2020

As a result, the Red Planet appears larger, brighter, and redder than usual - and will not return to Earth until 2035. For the people of the United States, this will give you a foretaste of what to see after sunset.

When Mars and the sun align with the earth in the middle, the red planet is said to be in opposition.

October 2020 will be all about the glory of Mars as the shimmering red planet puts on a show in the night sky.

"From our point of view about our spinning world, Mars has risen in the east just as the sun has set in the west". Tuesday, October 13 is the time to enjoy the protests. This makes the celestial event even more special. On 13 October. This is a great way to enjoy the work without worrying about the weather. We're looking at you Queenslanders. Earth and Mars are like runners on the same track. "Earth is inside, Mars is outside".

NASA reveals that oppositions of Mars happen every 26 months and uses the racetrack model to explain the phenomenon.

For this year's Mars opposition, observers in Northern Hemisphere are extremely lucky, and the planet won't be comparably close and well-positioned again until it reaches opposition in 2052.

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

"Mars moves a bit slower [than Earth when it orbits the Sun] and every two-and-a-quarter years the Earth catches up to Mars and we get a good look at it for about a month until Earth starts to pull ahead", Anthony Wesley, a Central Queensland amateur astronomer, told the ABC.

NASA shared an artist's view of the approaching approach on Tuesday, October 6 Compared to the last contraction in July 2018. The obvious shapes look very similar. This year Mars was a minimum distance of 62 million kilometers, which is about 3 million miles further away than it was in 2018. People who have spotted the red planet in the night sky have taken to social media to share pictures, and videos of Mars opposition 2020 and the red planet sure looks so much brighter.

NASA's next-generation robotic rover - a car-sized six-wheeled vehicle carrying seven scientific instruments - also is scheduled to deploy a mini helicopter on Mars and try out equipment for future human treks to the fourth planet from the sun.

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