Mars comes to opposition about every two and half years. This means that Mars and Earth are at their closest point to each other. At this time, Earth is between the Sun and Mars, so Mars is also visible from sunset to sunrise at this time. The Red Planet will appear much brighter in the sky, outshining Jupiter for a short while. Using a telescope we should be able to see Mars as a slightly larger disk and possibly more details of surface features. In 2018, Mars was engulfed by a nearly planet-wide dust storm for most of the time, so no features could be seen at all. This year, we’re hoping for better viewing conditions!
Join us for a free viewing on Tuesday, October 13 9:45 pm – midnight! Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.