April 9, 2014
As March gives way to April, the distance between Earth and Mars shortens by about 300 kilometers per minute. By the middle of this month, when the convergence ends, the gap between the two planets will have narrowed to only 92 million kilometers, which according to NASA information, is a small amount considering the vast scale of the solar system. .
This phenomenon is known to astronomers as “the opposition of Mars”, since the Red Planet and the Sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Mars begins its ascent through the East at dawn until it is above Earth at midnight, while it shines with an intense orange color, which makes it ten times brighter than a star of the first magnitude.
via El Universal – Society – Tonight Mars, Earth and the Sun will align.
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