Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Observing the Opposition of Mars, 2018
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).
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 or binoculars helps. 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.