Mars Opposition

Mars Opposition

Subhadra M., Staff Writer

     October 13th was a wonderful night for skywatchers. At approximately midnight, Mars, the sun, and the Earth were aligned in a perfectly straight line.

     This made our neighboring planet look larger, brighter, and a lot redder. You won’t see a sight like this again until 2035. When viewed through a telescope, it was at its largest apparent size. What’s funny about this is that Mars and the Earth were the closest to each other on October 6. We live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it was much easier to see it here.

     You haven’t missed all of Mars’ special appearance. For this whole month, Mars will be shining redder than usual in the night sky. You can see it without a telescope as it slowly rises earlier and earlier in the evening. Don’t miss it!