Mars: Closest, Biggest, and Brightest in a Decade

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Mars: Closest, Biggest, and Brightest in a Decade

Post by bystander » Thu May 19, 2016 4:46 pm

Mars: Closest, Biggest, and Brightest in a Decade
Sky & Telescope | 2016 May 18
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Look low in the southeast at nightfall, and an unusually bright, fire-yellow "star" will be staring back at you. It's the planet Mars, closer to Earth now than it has been since November 2005.

Mars is exactly its closest on May 30th, 47.2 million miles from Earth. But it remains within 48 million miles of us from now through June 12th. So it will stay essentially this close and bright through the rest of May and the first two weeks of June. ...

Mars comes to opposition, appearing directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth, on the night of May 21st, right as the full Moon shines close to it. Opposition and closest approach are offset by several days due to the ellipticity of Mars's orbit. ...
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Mars Near Opposition • 2016

Post by bystander » Thu May 19, 2016 8:06 pm

Know the quiet place within your heart and touch the rainbow of possibility; be
alive to the gentle breeze of communication, and please stop being such a jerk.
— Garrison Keillor