ScienceCast 139: The Opposition of Mars

published 7 years ago

Now position of Mars presented by science at NASA. By the time you finish watching this video you'll be about 1000 kilometers closer to the planet Mars. Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter as March gives way to April the distance between the 2 planets is shrinking by about 300 kilometers every minute. When the convergence ends in mid April the Gulf between earth and Mars will have narrowed to only 92000000 kilometers. A small number on the vast scale of the solar system. Astronomers call this event and opposition of Mars. Because Mars and the sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Mars rises in the east at sunset and soars almost overhead at midnight shining burnt orange almost 10 times brighter than a first magnitude star. Oppositions of Mars happen every 26 months ...

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