Mars Opposition 2020 Pics and Videos: Sky Gazers Are Thrilled to Spot the Red Planet Shining Extra Bright in the Night Sky As It Appears Opposite to the Sun
People gazed outside to the spot the red planet shining brighter, bigger and redder than usual and the planet will not be this close to the Earth until 2035. In this article, we will bring you the pictures and videos of the red planet spotted in the night sky across the world as we mark Mars opposition 2020.
It is finally time! Mars reached the opposition offering skywatchers an early Halloween treat. After a long wait, people gazed outside to the spot the red planet shining brighter, bigger and redder than usual and the planet will not be this close to the Earth until 2035. It was indeed a special opportunity for sky gazers. Soon as they spot the red planet shining extra bright in the night sky, rising opposite to the Sun, sky gazers took to Twitter to share Mars opposition 2020 pics and videos. People across the world are thrilled to spot Mars in the sky. In this article, we will bring you the pictures and videos of the red planet spotted in the night sky across the world as we mark Mars opposition 2020.
We already passed Mars’ close approach to Earth on October 6, and now it is in opposition to the Sun, giving the closest view. Mars orbits the Sun at a greater distance than Earth and takes about 26 months to complete one orbit around the Sun. Because of these different orbital speeds, Mars opposition occurs every two years or so, explained scientists in reports.
For this year’s , and the planet won’t be comparably close and well-positioned again until it reaches opposition in 2052. This makes the celestial event even more special. People who have spotted the red planet in the night sky have taken to social media to share pictures, and videos of Mars opposition 2020 and the red planet sure looks so much brighter.
The Red Planet over Toronto Ontario 🇨🇦#Mars reached opposition tonight & is stunningly bright in the October evening sky.
Rising is the east at sunset & setting in the west at dawn it’s incredibly easy to spot. Mars will not be this bright again till 2035. pic.twitter.com/aHnP2Sc11Z
— Nathan Barker (@NASA_Nerd) October 14, 2020
Mars shining extra brightly as it rises over Washington DC tonight (it reaches opposition today, lining up with Earth and the Sun). #MarsOpposition @suepalkafox5dc @caitlinrothfox5 @NASAMars @nasa @capitalweather @SPACEdotcom @SkyGuyinVA @StormHour pic.twitter.com/NcdR8gLN1d
— C on the scene (@Conthescene) October 14, 2020
— megan (@meg_galbreath_) October 14, 2020
Red Planet Shinning Bright
— Andrew Symes (@FailedProtostar) October 14, 2020
— phillyscape (@phillyscape) October 14, 2020
— Andreas Seebacher aka space_ande 🇪🇺 (@ande871) October 14, 2020
— Jackie Barrientes 🔭 (@JBarrientes_DC) October 14, 2020
Don’t Miss This Out!
Mars, eastern sky from Chicago. Sun, Earth and Mars aligned. Next opportunity 2035. pic.twitter.com/wZL1zIaXCw
— Gary Wilson (@garyglx5) October 14, 2020
Mars Rising Bright
A few others of Mars rising next to One World Trade Center in New York City as it approaches “opposition” in which Earth, Mars and the sun align in space tonight.#newyorkcity #nyc #newyork @4WTC #mars #marsopposition @agreatbigcity pic.twitter.com/6Drx0maDoi
— Gary Hershorn (@GaryHershorn) October 14, 2020
So, did you spot Mars? If not, you must watch it now. When Mars is closest to the Sun, it is even closer to Earth during opposition. It should be noted here that the red planet will continue to rise earlier and earlier in weeks following the opposition, before it begins to fade.