On 22nd May, 2016 at 4.47p.m. IST Celestial
Phenomena of “Planet Mars Opposition to Sun” will occur. A planet is at opposition when it is directly
opposite to Sun from our viewpoint on Earth. In other words during
course its journey around Sun Planet Earth will have Faceoff with Planet Mars
Fully Illuminated - Bright Mars – to Rise
& Set opposite Sun: Due to opposition Mars can be seen all
through night. If one can see he/she would notice as Sun Sets in the West Mars will rise in the East. As Sunrises in the
East Mars Sets in West. Further Planet Mars will be fully illuminated by
the sun and appears disk-like.
We see a great example of an opposition every
month. Whenever there is a full moon, the moon is on one side of Earth and the
sun is on the opposite side. Due to Opposition from 22 May – 25 May Mars will
shine at -2.1 Magnitudes which is maximum brightness till next opposition in
The Next “Opposition
of Mars” will occur on 27th
July, 2018 whereas the last time Mars was at Opposition is on 8 April, 2014. Similarly Next Month Planet Saturn will be at Opposition on 3 June.
Time/Direction - Naked Eye: General Public can spot the Mars with naked
eye after sunset. In the evening Half hour after Sunset looking towards
the sky opposite direction to sunset, one can spot Planet mars between East and
North East direction. Whereas at midnight
one can see it above his head while in the morning
it can be spotted in West and North West Direction.
How it will appear:. It will appear like
Orangish Red Non-Twinkling Bright object
in the sky when seen by naked eye.
Mars Closest Approach
– Due to Mars Opposition on 22 May: Importantly whenever
there is opposition the planet in question would be closest in its orbit to
earth than any other time. Hence it will appear brightest, biggest (from Telescope).
So Planet Mars will be Closest it can get on 31st May 2016
at 3.06 a.m. at 0.50321
AU = 75.28 million km. The Minimum
Distance from Mars to Earth is 55.7 Million km whereas Max. Distance Planet Mars can be away from Earth is 401.3 Million
Request – Observation in Schools: we request schools to come forward be part of “Kalam Mars Observation Center” project
to Host Sky Observation for Students and General Public (in School surroundings
area). Technical know-how and astronomical Telescopes will be provided by
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