During the protest, Mars, A straight line is formed with the Earth between the Earth and the Sun. As a result, the red planet appears larger, brighter and red than usual – and the planet will not reach close to Earth again by 2035, According to a statement by Sky & Telescope.
While Mars would be at its maximum apparent size when viewed through the telescope, the red planet actually made it Close approach On Earth last week, October 6, when the two planets were separated by only 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers).
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Mars orbits the Sun at a greater distance from Earth and takes about 26 months to complete one orbit of the Sun. Due to these different orbital motions, Opposition to mars This happens every two years.
For this year’s Mars opposition, observers in the Northern Hemisphere will have an extraordinary view of the red planet, which, according to the sky and telescope, is farther north and higher in the sky than during the 2018 event.
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“In fact, Mars will not be comparatively close and well positioned to northern observers, until it reaches opposition in 2052 Protest this year All the more remarkable, ”Gary Seronik, consulting editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, said in the statement.
For most of October, the red planet will appear brighter than any other object in its vicinity. Mars will rise in the east as soon as the sun sets, and reach its peak in the night sky at midnight when it is above the southern horizon. While Mars is easy to recognize thanks to its red color and is Visible to the naked eye During the protest, SkyWatchers still wanted the high-quality telescope to see its famous surface features in more detail.
The planet will continue to grow earlier and later in the week after the protests, before it slowly begins to fade. Then, by the end of November, Mars will only be a quarter as bright as it is tonight – or a little Faint compared to SiriusAccording to Sky and Telescope, the brightest star in the night sky.
Mars is also called “Perihical Protest” on 3 August. Sun close Mars refers to the point in its orbit when it is closest to the Sun. Therefore, when Mars is closest to the Sun, it is closest to the Earth during opposition. Since August, the red planet is slowly moving from the sun.
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