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How to View Mars This Monday

posted: 05/27/16
by: Eileen Marable
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Space watchers, if you thought last Sunday's Mars opposition was the last opportunity to catch the Red Planet in action, you're in luck! The "opposition" meant that Mars, Earth and the Sun were all aligned in a straight line. That was pretty cool, but on this coming Monday, May 30th Mars has another show in store - it will come the closest it's been to Earth since October 2005.

How close is close? That would be about 46,762,695 miles away. It's estimated the key viewing time would be 5:35 pm EST and Mars will be 10 times brighter than normal. We're lucky to have the two opportunities to get a look at Mars. Even though the Sun, Earth and Mars were all aligned last week, Mars was not at its closest point because it has an elliptical orbit. It just needed a few days to catch up to us!

Many will be turning their telescopes skyward to see if they catch a glimpse of various landmarks on Mars' surface. In fact, you don't even need a telescope of your own to view thanks to Slooh, an observatory community, which will have ground telescopes pointed at the right spot.

Be sure to mark your calendar to watch and visit Slooh to watch, and in the meantime catch up Mars here with our video.
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