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Want To Get An Great Look At Mars? Here’s Where To Go

Mars. Photo: NASA

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Starting Friday night, Mars will appear the brightest it has ever been in more than a decade.

It’s called the Mars Opposition and the red planet will appear as a super-bright orange star in our night sky.

While the Earth and Mars approach each other every two years, this approach is the closest the planets have been in 15 years, only 35 million miles apart.

The best view of the Mars Opposition will be through a telescope although a plant-wide dust storm on the surface may make searching for craters on the red planet difficult this year. Science centers and planetariums are hosting events throughout the weekend.

You can also use sky mapping apps to find Mars right in your own backyard.

The planet will begin to rise above the horizon at about 9:30 each night.


Viewing Events:

Orlando Science Center

Date: Saturday, July 28 12 a.m – 2 a.m.

Cost: $5

Location: 777 E Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803

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Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College

Date: July 27, July 28, August 3 and August 4 — All days from 9:00 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Cost: Free

Location: 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773

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About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »