FP trendOctober 14, 2020 4:37:31 PM
Mars appeared brightest and most visible on Tuesday evening. This is when the Red Planet made its next pass from Earth and directly across from the Sun. NASA Mars Twitter Account shared the information along with the caption, “You don̵
A separate tweet indicated that those dealing with local weather shouldn’t worry as the Red Planet will remain unusually bright for the next several weeks.
For those dealing with local weather – don’t worry – Mars will remain unusually bright for the next few weeks.
– NASA Mars (@NASAMars) October 13, 2020
According to a report by The Washington PostMars “opposition” means that it will be visible throughout the night, starting in the east after sunset and climbing across the sky before setting towards sunrise in the west.
As per NASA websiteDuring opposition, Mars and the Sun are on directly opposite sides of the earth. From the point of view of the inhabitants of the earth, Mars rises in the east just as the sun sets in the west. After staying in the sky all night, Mars sets in the west, just as the sun rises in the east. Since Mars and the Sun appear on opposite sides of the sky, Mars is said to be in opposition.
NASA reveals that opposites of Mars occur every 26 months and uses the racetrack model to explain the phenomenon. Earth is on the inside of the circuit while Mars is on the outside. Every 26 months, the fast earth catches up with a slower Mars and laps it. The opposition occurs as soon as the earth takes the lead.