A stunning photo was revealed of the upcoming Mars opposition on December 8th.
Experts say stargazers should be ready Thursday night for Mars opposition — an orbiting phenomenon that places the red planet directly across from the Sun.
The gorgeous image was shared by astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy, who, according to his Twitter bio, is exploring the universe “from a backyard in Arizona.”
He posted the exact moment Mars peaked behind our moon, a position that makes the planet more visible than normal.
However, he still used advanced technology to capture the opposition, which won’t happen again until 2025, per AccuWeather.
“This image was taken with my largest telescope and a special high-speed camera,” McCarthy wrote.
“Seeing another planet rise on the horizon of our moon was such a surreal experience.”
Mars will reportedly be clearly visible next to the Moon throughout the night, appearing in the eastern sky just after sunset and setting in the western sky just before sunrise on Friday, December 9th.
It is also imperative to watch the appearance of Mars tonight as opposition only occurs on the red planet every 26 months.
The reason Mars will be so easy to spot tonight is because of the brightness opposition bestows on the planet.
It’s also closest to Earth, making it appear brighter than any other position in its orbital pattern.
If for some reason you can’t see it on December 8th, don’t worry.
It will remain bright and visible from this point until the end of 2022.
However, experts say people in certain locations around the world will be able to see Mars better than most because of the weather.
People located in and around the Gulf Coast, Central Plains, interior Southwest, and northern New England will likely have the best viewing experience.
Viewers should be able to see Mars’ red and orange glow more clearly than ever before.
Additionally, it shouldn’t require a telescope to see it, as the opposition allows for naked-eye visibility.
A telescope will only improve the ability to locate the Red Planet for more detailed viewing.
McCarthy has amassed over 150,000 followers on Twitter after he started posting his amazing space photos.
He has followed Mars’ journey for more than an hour after being eclipsed by the moon and even posted video of the red planet peaking through Thursday evening.
Even if you don’t have advanced equipment like McCarthy, you can still have a good look at Mars.
Multiple live webcasts from Arizona’s Lowell Observatory will cover the planet as it peaks in visibility from 9:00 p.m. ET.
A special joint live stream between the McDonald Observatory and the Lowell Observatory will take place on youtube.
“Join the hosts of both observatories as we discuss all about Mars such as science, history, geology and future missions and, weather permitting, show some live views of Mars from telescopes at both locations” , it reads in the stream.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/9874034/stunning-image-of-mars-behind-moon/ Stunning image of Mars peeking out from behind the moon, taken from the US back garden