Breaking News Mars to Appear at its largest, Video Brightest Tonight - Physics-Astronomy.org

Breaking News Mars to Appear at its largest, Video Brightest Tonight

Mars will be at its main and brightest in over a decade tonight, as it comes into a particularly close resistance. Mars comes into opposition — the point when Mars and the Sun are on straight opposite sides of the Earth — once each two years. But tonight, as the Red Planet edges towards its nearby point to Earth in 11 years, it will come into view much larger and brighter in the night sky than usual.
Amateur astronomer Dr Ian Musgrave, from the University of Adelaide, said it would trump Venus as the brightest thing in the sky, sideways from the Sun and the Moon.
At the instant Mars is now the brightest object in the sky. It is brighter even than Jupiter,” he said.
But he said astronomy fans would require a telescope to fully appreciate the event.
“From the point of view of a big shot standing around look into the sky, it is just going to be a bright dot, But still if you have a small telescope, the disc of Mars will be big enough to see particulars and maybe even the polar cap.” he said.
 Dr Musgrave said Mars would stay bright in the night sky for about one more month. But while the opposition is a calendar occasion for astronomers, fans are keenly awaiting the Mars close up Approach on May 30.
Breaking News Mars to Appear at its largest, Video Brightest Tonight
According to NASA, on that date Mars will be at a reserve of 75.3 million kilometres away from Earth — the closest it has been to our planet since 2003. The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is concerning 54.6 million kilometres.

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