13 Oct 2020

Planet Mars shining bright as it reaches 'opposition'

From Lately, 10:45 pm on 13 October 2020

The planet Mars is shining bright as it swings unusually close to Earth this month. Tomorrow night it should reach what astronomers call 'the moment of opposition', the moment when the sun, Earth and Mars form a straight line in space. Alan Gilmore is the former superintendent of Mt John Observatory in Tekapo, which is in the middle of an accredited Dark Sky Reserve, and the perfect place to view the phenomenon. 


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