Most of the time Mars is not much to look at through a telescope, because it's just a tiny, fuzzy, orange-hued dot; however, all that changes during opposition, when the planet becomes a disk filled with tantalising features. That's the closest opposition in almost 60,000 years! This is the ideal way to enjoy the action without worrying about the weather on.
She added: "You can see it as a bright orangey-red looking star just with your eyes, but I recommend using at least a four-inch telescope with 24-millimetre magnification and then you'll be able to make out some features on the surface".
The planet will look like a bright red star when it appears in the night sky today (Tuesday 13 October), rising at about 7pm before it reaches peak visibility just after midnight. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. If your area has weather issues, a cloudy/rainy night, or any problem where you can not go out to look at the sky, visit this website tonight for a nice celestial show.
According to blogs.nasa.gov, Mars passes close enough to Earth this month to outshine Jupiter, making it the third brightest object in the nighttime sky, after the Moon and Venus.
The project expects this to be "the best observed conditions since July 2018".
"The planetary race pattern explains why". At its farthest, Mars is about 400 million km from the Earth. That's sort of how Earth and Mars behave. NASA said in its October WhatsApp blog.
Oppositions of Mars happen about every 26 months because Earth takes a year to orbit the sun, and Mars takes about two years. "Resistance occurs as the Earth leads". It's not scary; It's smelly.
Though this line-up happens nearly every two years, this time Mars will orbit really close to the Earth at 38.6 million miles or 62.07 million km. Give them a wave NASA's Commitment Rover When you're on it.
But before humans reach the red planet, the astronauts will take a series of small steps by returning to the moon for a year-long mission. The apparent sizes are very similar.
Mars's next close approach will happen on December 8, 2022, when the planet will be 62.07 km away from the Earth.
Being "close" is relative, at its closest, Mars will still be 33.9 million miles away, according to NASA. "It will be streaming a 'Mars Opposition Viewing" from 1 PM P.T. (1.30 AM IST on the night of October 13).