Look up, Mars is visible in night sky during a 'close approach'

Katie Ramirez
October 14, 2020

For this entire week Mars is at a close distance to Earth and will be visible in the north-east night sky as a bright orange star. It will rise in the east when the sun sets, move across the sky, and then set in the west when the sun rises. It will appear much brighter than usual tonight and under clear-sky forecast, will be quite visible, even to the naked eye.

NASA describes opposition as "effectively a" full "Mars". We're looking at you Queenslanders. For the people of the United States, this will give you a foretaste of what to see after sunset.

The Virtual Telescope Project, which provides us with live feeds of celestial events, will stream a tour of the Mars opposition starting at 1:00 p.m. PT. on October 13th.

"The race track model of the planetary orbits explains why". The earth is inside, Mars is outside, "NASA said on its What's Up blog for October". Earth is on the inside of the racetrack while Mars is on the outside.

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).

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

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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. You can too Wait for a rare Halloween blue moon When our lunar neighbor is full on October 31st.

NASA takes advantage of close approaches of Mars to launch new missions to the planet, with its new Perseverance rover launching this summer. The vehicle is on track to reach the planet in February 2021. The obvious shapes look very similar.

Being "close" is relative, at its closest, Mars will still be 33.9 million miles away, according to NASA.

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The approach may be over, but the planet is still bright enough at night.

If clouds or other distractions block the view of Mars this week, there will be another chance to see the red planet in December 2022.

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