If you want to see Mars, you’re in luck! Mars is bigger than its normal size on May 22, as it’s at opposition for the first time in two years. Watch a live stream of Mars right here!
Everyone will be looking to the sky tonight! On May 22, Mars will be closer to the Earth than it usually is, as it’s in opposition. If you don’t own a telescope or are simply just not very confident in your ability to locate the red planet, let HollywoodLife.com help with a live stream of the awesome solar system event!
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Mars became extremely visible around 8:10 eastern time tonight, but it will be hitting its peak around midnight eastern time…so make sure you don’t miss out! And if you’re not feeling like going outside to locate the red planet, you don’t even have to move a muscle. Well, you have to move your finger to press play on the live stream, but that’s the only work you need to do to see a planet! Pretty cool, huh?
If you have to miss Mars when it’s at it’s peak, never fear — it’ll be visible until around 5:40 a.m. eastern time on May 23. And although tonight is definitely the best night to view it, Mars will remain close to the Earth until May 30. Time to freak out over the red planet!
So why is this happening anyway, you ask? Mars takes about 26 months to orbit the sun, and it takes Earth 12 months to do so, which means that every 2 years and 2 months the two planets align and Mars appears bigger and brighter than normal. It’s called opposition because it’s directly opposite the sun with the Earth in between the two. Surely it will make for one amazing sight, so don’t miss out!
Will you be looking for Mars tonight, HollywoodLifers?