Mars is becoming an amazing night-sky sight as it approaches opposition.
Mars is at its biggest and brightest as the Red Planet lines up with Earth on the same side of the Sun. Tuesday night sees the actual moment of what astronomers call “opposition”.
Autumn 2020 we’ll see the best opposition of Mars for many years to come. Mars oppositions occur every 2 years and 2 months (or to be precise, every 779.94 days) and in 2020 Mars opposition falls on 13 October.