FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Mars will be shining brightly Tuesday night and it will be a cloudless night.
The Red Planet will be in opposition, which is when Mars, Earth and the Sun form a straight line with Earth in the middle.
With Earth being in the middle, Mars appears bigger, brighter and redder than usual.
— SPACE.com (@SPACEdotcom) October 13, 2020
Mars orbits the sun at a greater distance than Earth so Mars’ opposition usually occurs every 26 months.
It’ll be a perfect night to check out the Red Planet rising in the night sky.
Mars will rise in the east as the sun sets this evening at around 7 p.m.
It will be a cloudless night and it will be visible to the naked eye.
Its appearance will be reddish in color and it should be the brightest object in the sky.
Gotta check out Mars tonight! It will rise in east like an orange beacon and will literally be overhead by midnight. Red Planet is only 39 million miles away — the closest pairing until 2035. As a result, Mars looks much brighter and bigger than usual. ��George Grimm in Sarasota pic.twitter.com/odaMFJsFWc
— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) October 13, 2020
A high-quality telescope will be needed if you want to see the surface features of Mars.
Mars will still be visible after Tuesday night but it will continue to look dimmer with each passing day.