Mars will be particularly bright in the sky on Friday, July 27, when it will be at its shortest distance from Earth since 2003. For the occasion, astronomy enthusiasts of the region will be able to observe the large illuminated surface of this star with the naked eye, with binoculars or with a telescope.
On July 27, the planet Mars will be at its opposition position, that is, it will be aligned with the Earth and the Sun. “It is at this moment that it is the most opportune to observe a planet, because it offers its large illuminated surface to amateurs of astronomy”, explains the teacher of physics and astrophysics of Cégep Beauce-Appalaches ( CBA) and member of the St. Georges Astronomy Club, Louis Asselin.
In addition to being in opposition, Mars will be at its closest to the Earth for 15 years. “The distance between the two planets will be minimal at the end of the month and will reach 57.8 million kilometers, the second closest opposition in tens of thousands of years. This is why Mars will appear larger in diameter and will be brighter than usual, “he added.
According to Louis Asselin, we will have to look south-east to enjoy the show. “Mars will reach its highest point in the sky in the middle of the night and will have a fairly bright red-orange color. The people of Bellechasse and Etchemins will have no difficulty in seeing it with the naked eye, “says Mr. Asselin.
As the planet will be low on the horizon, finding it may be a challenge for some. “Mars could be hidden by trees or buildings. If people are in fields where the south is quite clear or in large open spaces, they will see it without difficulty, “adds the principal.
Although the brilliance and proximity of Mars will be at their peak on the evening of July 27, it will be possible to observe the combination of the two phenomena, which will fade gradually, until the end of September.
The “proximity record of all times” will occur in August 2287, while Mars will be 55.6 million kilometers from the Earth, according to the CBA teacher.
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