The night of the great confrontation of Mars

The night of the great confrontation of Mars

July 31, 2018

From July 31 to August 1, 2018 - the Sun, Earth and Mars will line up in one line. Mars at the same time will be relatively close to the Earth: it will be only 57.6 million kilometers. Such a mutual arrangement of our planets - 3 and 4 from the Sun - is called the Great Opposition. “Steeper” is only the Greatest opposition, when Mars flies even closer. As, for example, in August 2003. Then, for the first time in the past 60 thousand years, it was less than 55 million kilometers away. The next Greatest rapprochement in 2287, the Great - like the current - in 2020.

Mars who has approached us will rise above the southern horizon. Somewhere around midnight it will rise by about 35 degrees. At the same time, the apparent size of the Red Planet will be almost 2 times larger compared to the “June one”, and relative to the “January one” it will increase as much as 5 times.

Astronomers promised that it would be possible to see the surface relief of Mars even with a small amateur telescope. But space intervened in the earthly plans - a monstrous dust storm did not end on the next planet. She covered the whole of Mars, hiding details from the eyes of observers.

But the dusty Mars is a beautiful sight.It will only become even brighter in the sky - about 3 times.



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