April 7, 2014

Opposition of Mars 2014: Sun, Earth and Mars to Align to Make Red Planet Brightest in Six Years Yahoo!

Posted by tourdemars to General News at April 7, 2014 10:55 AM

The Sun, Earth and Mars will align tomorrow night in a celestial event that only takes place once every few years. Mars will appear at its brightest for the last six years on the night of 8 April, and stargazers should be able to see the red planet from sunset to sunrise on 9 April. The opposition of Mars occurs when Earth comes closest to Mars for the year. However, this year's is of particular significance because Earth will pass between the Sun and Mars at a particularly close distance, making the red planet the brightest it has been since December 2007. Earth will come 0.621 astronomical units (92.9 million kilometres, 57.7m miles) from Mars. Six and a half years ago it was 0.600AU (89.7m km) from our planet.
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