The Opposition of Mars

Jerelyn Ramirez
28 July 2018
Time: 8:30

The Opposition of Mars is coming to a neighborhood near you. What this means is when Mars enters opposition, it will be on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun in a straight line. "In addition, this year, Mars will reach what is called "perihelic opposition". Perihelion refers to the point in Mars' orbit when it's closest to the sun. Therefore, when Mars is closest to the sun, it is even closer to Earth during opposition". Mars will be larger and brighter than normal, and no, it will not be as large as the Moon. Mars will be about 35 million miles away at this time, closer than normal, but still pretty far away.Bring your smart phone and you will be allowed to take photos of this awesome event through the telescope. Other planets will be showcased too.

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