The stunning image shows Mars reaching its closest point to Earth while glowing alongside the Moon

On Thursday evening, STARGUZER have the special opportunity to see Mars and the moon close together.

Although the moon will be beautiful to look at, it really is Mars that will star in this stunning image.

Mars will be more visible in the night sky on Thursday, December 8 than it has been since 2020

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Mars will be more visible in the night sky on Thursday, December 8 than it has been since 2020Photo credit: Splash

Experts have determined that there will be an alignment in the sky on December 8th that will not happen again until 2025, per AccuWeather.

That’s because it has reached what is known as opposition, meaning it will be on the opposite side of the earth from the sun.

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.

It last happened on October 13, 2020 and will not happen again until sometime in 2025.

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 residing 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.

Resistance also benefits Mars rovers

The Mars opposition will not only help those who want to see the Red Planet in the night sky, but will also help Nasa communicate with its rovers.

Given that Earth and Mars are closest on December 8th, this gives Nasa a prime opportunity to make relatively quick connections to its emergency vehicles.

Nasa experts determined that it will only take about five minutes for radio signals to reach the robots and rovers on Mars.

This is a huge benefit compared to the 20 minutes it typically takes when the planets are furthest apart.

In the same vein, it’s also the best time for the space agency to launch its spacecraft in the months leading up to opposition to Mars, since the planets are close together.

“It takes less energy to travel to Mars at this time compared to other times when Earth and Mars are in different orbital positions,” Nasa noted in an official release.

The time it takes to travel to Mars is one of Nasa’s biggest challenges when it comes to getting a manned mission there, but they would probably wait a moment like the opposition to decide for the fastest journey start.

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For more related content, The US Sun has the story that takes you inside Nasa’s stunning Mars base designs.

The US Sun also reports a breakthrough in the search for life on Mars.

https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/9873283/stunning-image-mars-closest-to-earth/ The stunning image shows Mars reaching its closest point to Earth while glowing alongside the Moon

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