قالب وردپرس درنا توس
Home / Science / This week, Mars was so close that its surface can be seen from its backyard

This week, Mars was so close that its surface can be seen from its backyard



Mars was the brightest in the light on Tuesday night due to the perfect location of the planets, which allowed it to reflect more sunlight to Earth.

This is because Mars was in opposition, or on the very opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, The Washington Post reports. This, combined with the fact that Mars was particularly close to Earth in its orbit right now, made the planet so clear that amateur astronomers could use telescopes to take clear photos of its surface directly from their backyards.

Photographers documented the event well, as with this video at intervals distributed on Reddit, which shows that the entire planet is clearly rotating.

According to NASA, Mars is actually quite often in opposition – about once every 26 months. But much less often – the opposition is lined up on Mars and Earth, passing next to each other in their orbits. This only happens once every 15-17 years, which makes Tuesday night’s events a rare occurrence.

Mars actually took the closest approach to Earth the week before, on October 6, and it will be close again by 2035, WaPo reports.

But in case you missed the show, Mars will again pass near Earth on the first day of December 2022 and in a week will go into opposition, creating a re-performance – albeit less dazzling – of Tuesday’s show.

READ MORE: Mars shines extremely bright tonight, balanced in front of the sun[[[[The Washington Post]

More about Mars: NASA has taken a photo of the epic dust devil on the surface of Mars




Source link