THE ‘RED PLANET MARS’ TO APPEAR ‘BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST’ TONIGHT

For everyone out there who takes interest in studying the planets and the stars it should be easy to spot Mars in the night sky as the planet will appear brighter and bigger than usual thanks to an alignment which happens every two years tonight.

The alignment, known as the “opposition”, is when Mars and the Sun are on directly opposite sides of our planet.

It means the bright orange planet will appear its biggest at 1am on Wednesday October 14, Royal Observatory Greenwich says.

“It’s a really good chance to view it – the last time this happened was 2018 but it was quite difficult for a lot of people to see because it was quite down in the horizon,” Hannah Banyard, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, told the PA news agency.

“For about a month or so now, it’s been quite easy to see, as it’s getting close to opposition it’s rising earlier, so it rises from sunset and then you can see it and it gets up quite high into the sky, so it’s really easy to spot.”

But even a telescope half that size will show up all the major features on Mars quite easily. And if you’ve got a good pair of binoculars, you’ll certainly be able to make out that it’s actually a planet and not a star.” Says Damian an Experienced Practitioner.

Input: BBC and Chronicle Live

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