SPACE: Mars at Opposition - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

SPACE: Mars at Opposition

(Source: Pablo) (Source: Pablo)
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

Mars at opposition will occur on July 27.  But what does that mean? Well, opposition is the phenomenon when the Sun and Mars are on opposite sides of Earth. This means that Mars will rise in the east and set in the west just as the sun does. So while the Sun is setting in the west, Mars will be rising in the eastern sky.  

This alignment of the Sun, Mars, and Earth happens about once every two years due to the different amount of time it takes for each planet to make its own journey around the sun. 

Mars will continue to appear brighter and bigger in the night sky from July until September. Mars will be the fourth brightest object in the sky between July 7 and September 7 following behind, the Sun, the Moon, and Venus.  

The Red Planet will be easily viewed in the southeast sky during sunset on July 27.  

For more information on Mars check out NASA's website at nasa.gov

Copyright 2018 KPLC.  All rights reserved.  

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LCPD investigating I-10 shooting

    LCPD investigating I-10 shooting

    Sunday, July 15 2018 1:38 PM EDT2018-07-15 17:38:24 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)

    Lake Charles Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday on I-10, according to Senior Corporal Larry Moss. Moss says at approximately 4:48 p.m., LCPD received a call about a shooting on I-10 eastbound near the Enterprise Boulevard exit. Their investigation revealed that the drivers of two separate vehicles who had been waiting in traffic west of the I-10 bridge became involved in a dispute. As the drivers continued to travel eastbound on the interstate, the ...

    More >>

    Lake Charles Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday on I-10, according to Senior Corporal Larry Moss. Moss says at approximately 4:48 p.m., LCPD received a call about a shooting on I-10 eastbound near the Enterprise Boulevard exit. Their investigation revealed that the drivers of two separate vehicles who had been waiting in traffic west of the I-10 bridge became involved in a dispute. As the drivers continued to travel eastbound on the interstate, the ...

    More >>
  • Former Oakdale police officer arrested for DUI & vehicular homicide

    Former Oakdale police officer arrested for DUI & vehicular homicide

    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:36 AM EDT2018-07-15 14:36:56 GMT

    A former Oakdale Police Officer has been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, and vehicular homicide.  22-year-old Jerron Willis was booked in the Allen Parish Jail on Saturday at 4:32 a.m. Oakdale Police Chief Joseph Locket says the department parted ways with Willis two weeks ago. He says Willis was leaving the Coushatta Casino when he hit someone on a bicycle. Chief Locket says while this incident is tragic, it ...

    More >>

    A former Oakdale Police Officer has been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, and vehicular homicide.  22-year-old Jerron Willis was booked in the Allen Parish Jail on Saturday at 4:32 a.m. Oakdale Police Chief Joseph Locket says the department parted ways with Willis two weeks ago. He says Willis was leaving the Coushatta Casino when he hit someone on a bicycle. Chief Locket says while this incident is tragic, it ...

    More >>
  • Jennings police officers allegedly refused service at Waffle House

    Jennings police officers allegedly refused service at Waffle House

    Saturday, July 14 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-07-14 21:53:39 GMT
    (Source: Flickr)(Source: Flickr)

    Four police officers were allegedly refused service at a Jennings Waffle House Saturday morning, according to Police Chief Danny Semmes. A Facebook post made by an officer said that they were refused service simply because they are police officers. It has been shared over 800 times. Semmes says that Waffle House's regional manager called shortly after the incident to apologize and say they will rectify the situation. Semmes said, "We hope this is an isolated incident and ...

    More >>

    Four police officers were allegedly refused service at a Jennings Waffle House Saturday morning, according to Police Chief Danny Semmes. A Facebook post made by an officer said that they were refused service simply because they are police officers. It has been shared over 800 times. Semmes says that Waffle House's regional manager called shortly after the incident to apologize and say they will rectify the situation. Semmes said, "We hope this is an isolated incident and ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly