What is the Opposition of Mars? Mars to be 10 times brighter than other stars on April 8

Pull out the telescope, space nuts!

A spacial phenomenon that occurs about every 26 months is expected to take place tonight. The good news is that despite Phoenix's vast lights (and clear evening skies), stargazers will be able to view the Red Planet with the naked eye.

ABC15 Chief Meteorologist Amber Sullins says stargazers will be able to view it best by looking to the east after sunset.

The orbits of Earth, Mars and the Sun will align in a straight line.

This event, known as the Opposition of Mars, will allow the Red Planet to appear 10 times brighter than any other star in the sky, according to NASA.

Nearly a week later, on April 14, Earth and Mars will be at their closest distance to each other, a whopping 92 million kilometers apart, according to NASA.

While that's a short distance in space terms, it's still at least a six-month journey on one of NASA's fastest rockets, the space agency said.

Also happening on the night of Mars' Opposition, there will be a Lunar Eclipse. NASA explains how this all happens in the video below (Mobile users: http://bit.ly/1pevUUZ ).

Send your pictures of Mars and the moon to ABC15 at share@abc15.com.

 

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