Video report by ITV News reporter John Roy
Mars At its largest and brightest time in the night sky, the planet will be in line with the Earth on the same side of the Sun.
The event known as the “opposite” among astronomers occurs once every two years and when the red planet and the sun are directly opposite the earth.
All three bodies will be in a straight line around 11:15 pm.
Although people should have already seen the bright orange planet, according to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, it would be best around 1am on Wednesday.
Hannah Banarard, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, said: “It’s a really good opportunity to see – it was last seen in 2018, but for many it was hard to see because it was so low on the horizon.”
He added: “It’s been pretty easy to see for about a month or so, it rises before the opponents get close, so it rises from the sunset and you can see it and it rises into the sky, so spot it It’s really easy. “
There is opposition every 26 months.
NASA describes the phenomenon: “Mars and the Sun are on opposite sides of the Earth during the conflict
“From our point of view about our spinning world, Mars has risen in the east just as the sun has set in the west.
“Then, after staying in the sky all night, Mars sets in the west as soon as the sun rises in the east.
“Since Mars and the Sun are seen on opposite sides of the sky, we say that Mars is” opposite “to Mars.
“If Earth and Mars followed a perfectly circular orbit, the two planets would be as close in opposition as possible.
Despite cloudy weather forecasts for some parts of the UK, Mars should be visible at any break and even through light clouds, Miss Bonyard added.
Ms Bainard said you would be able to see Mars with the naked eye, but suggested using a four-inch telescope with 24-millimeter magnification.
It will only look like a blurred orange star with the human eye, while a telescopic stargazer is able to create some features of the planet’s surface.
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