Mars Opposition 2020: How to See It and What to Expect

Get ready to see the Red Planet up close this week: Mars reaches opposition with the sun on Oct. 13, 2020, offering the closest view of the planet until 2035. 

Mars and Earth both orbit the sun, but at different distances, and thus, different speeds. Every two years or so, Mars, Earth and the sun form a straight line during the course of their orbits, with Earth in the middle — an event known as opposition

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