Mars Opposition. Photo: NASA
This month, stargazers will get an up-shut view of the planet Mars.
Like all planets, the Earth and Mars orbit the solar however they do it at completely different speeds. Earth orbits about twice as quick as Mars, so each two years or so, they catch up to one another.
The Mars Opposition is going on this month and means Mars and the solar are on reverse sides of the Earth, giving an up-shut view of the pink planet.
Seminole State College Planetarium Director Derek Demeter stated that is the closest the planet has come to Earth in additional than 15 years, making it seem bigger than common and giving an exceptionally detailed view.
“It’s big enough to where you actually see surface features on the planet,” stated Demeter, “including the polar caps, some of the larger basins on Mars. It gives you a sense you’re actually looking at a planet instead of a tiny red dot.”
Demeter says Mars will rise out of the south-jap night time sky round 10 o’clock. The finest time to view Mars is towards the tip of the month.
At the tip of July, the Central Florida Astronomical Society will host free telescope viewing occasions.