If you looked up at the sky on May 22, chances are you saw Mars! The Red Planet was in full view as it moved in opposition with the Sun. Click for all the best photos of Mars in opposition!
Simply spectacular! Mars was visible to the naked eye on May 22, and you didn’t even need a telescope to see it! The Red Planet was at its brightest, and people around the world snapped photos of the amazing moment. Check out all the incredible pictures now!
It may have been the night of the Billboard Music Awards, but Mars stole the show! Mars was in opposition — where the planet and the Sun are on directly opposite sides of the Earth — which only happens every two years. Needless to say, people jumped at the chance to take photos of the rare occurrence. It was an night to remember!
Mars was visible pretty much all weekend long. For those of you that live in New York, the planet rose in the East at 8:10 p.m. ET and set in the West at 5:35 a.m. ET. It was above the horizon for a little over 9 hours.
During opposition, NASA scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture a new look at Mars. It’s a stunning photo! Just because you could see Mars doesn’t mean it was closest to Earth. Mars will be the closest it’s been to Earth since Nov. 2005 on May 30. Don’t miss it!
It’s been a pretty great year for Mars. The planet was at the center of the 2015 film The Martian. Matt Damon’s character was left on Mars and was forced to survive until he could be saved. The movie was nominated for 7 Oscars and left people more fascinated than ever with the Red Planet.
HollywoodLifers, were you able to see Mars? Let us know!