Mars will move closest to our planet Earth on March 5 and will be seen brightly in the sky around midnight.
At this time, you can see the bright red dot in the east a few hours after sunset that is the planet Mars. On Sunday, Mars will be at opposition – opposite to the Sun as seen from the Earth – and on Monday, it will be closest to the Earth. In Opposition, the Sun, the Earth and the planet are in one line.
“On March 3, Mars was at opposition to sun because of which it would be brightest and closest it can get to earth on March 5,” General Secretary of Planetary Society of India N Raghunandan said.
Last time, Mars came in opposition on January 30, 2010.
“Mars outshines every star in the night sky and draws attention to itself with its distinctive red colour. It will shine high in the sky around midnight, rising to the east shortly after sunset,” said C.B. Bhushan Devgun of SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators).
[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /] “Mars will be brightest till end of April 2012. It will be visible in the night sky until February 2013 with decreasing brightness as it gets far from us as days pass by,” he said.
Although, it is clear to see but people will be able to see it more clearly away from city lights or through binoculars and telescopes.
The next Mars opposition will occur on April 8, 2014, whereas next nearest approach is on April 14, 2014.