Mars will appear as a bright red star in the night sky today, Tuesday It meets the Sun for the first time since 2018And the planet Earth will pass in its orbit around the sun between it and Mars, and the red planet will be visible to the naked eye and will appear slightly reddish, so looking at it through the telescope will allow you to discover the features of the surface and see the polar ice caps.
According to the British “Daily Mail” website, Mars will not appear at this brightness again until 2035 when the next two planets are in close alignment with each other, but it should be bright until the end of October.
As astronomer at the Royal Observatory explained, Hannah Bannard: “It’s a really good opportunity to see it, the last time this happened was in 2018, but it was very difficult for a lot of people to see it because it was right in sight. ”.
Banyard added that despite cloudy weather forecasts for parts of the UK and some places around the world, Mars should be visible between any breaks and even through a lighter cloud..
She explained: “You can see it as a bright orange-red star with your eyes only, but I recommend using a 4-inch telescope at least with a magnification of 24 mm and then you will be able to spot some features on the surface, as Mars collides with Earth on Tuesday October 13th – the point where it lines up with Earth.” And the sun – also known as “close proximity.” ”.
NASA wrote in a blog: “Simply go outside and look up, and depending on local weather and lighting conditions, you should be able to see Mars.“.