Thursday, July 26, 2018
Don't Forget, the Opposition of Mars is tommorrow night (Friday 27 July)
The inset to the left is a simulated telescopic view of Mars.
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Just a reminder that the opposition of Mars is tomorrow night (Friday 27 July). This is the best opposition of Mars since 2003. You don't need a telescope or complicated imaging equipment to observe Mars, although a telescope helps. Even a small telescope should pick out the polar cap and the dark markings on Mars, now that the global dust storm has abated. Significant improvements in mobile phones means you can now image Mars with your mobile Phone and a telescope. Mars is really bright now, and will get brighter. To prepare you for this significant event, I have prepared this guide of observing the opposition of Mars with spotting guides and observing hints. If you stay up into the early morning of Saturday you can watch the best total lunar eclipse this century, and may even catch an International Space Station Pass.
Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/