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Mars Opposition 2005

Every 26 months, Earth and the Red Planet join each other on one side of the Sun. Astronomers call this "opposition", meaning that a line drawn from the Sun to the Earth also intersects Mars in its slightly more distant orbit. This is the best time to view Mars through a telescope...it rises at sunset, is visible all night long, and is at its largest and brightest as seen from Earth.

Mars won't be quite as close as its last opposition in 2003, but this time it will appear much higher in our skies, making for significantly better telescopic views. This is our best chance to see Mars until 2018!

To learn more about Mars, please visit Texas Space Grant's Resource Material site: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mars.