SPACE: Mars at Opposition

SPACE: Mars at Opposition

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

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