Mars Opposition 2018

Mars. Image Credit: NASA, ESA Hubble
Mars Opposition 2018: By July 27th, Earth, Mars, and the Sun will all be in a line. This is called opposition, and from our perspective on Earth, Mars will be completely lit up by the Sun. This will be followed by closest approach on July 31st when Mars and Earth are at their closest to each other. This will allow for excellent viewing of Mars through a telescope. While Mars is generally small and dim, this will provide an opportunity to see it in far more detail. In fact, large surface features of Mars would be visible in telescopes if it weren't for the dust storm. Our naked eye view of Mars won't be hindered though, and Mars currently looks like a shining ruby towards the Southern sky. Remember this, because Mars won't be this bright again for many years.

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