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Mars was so close this week that you can see its surface from your backyard

Mars appeared on its absolute brightest Tuesday night due to a perfect planetary array that allowed it to reflect more sunlight toward Earth.

It’s because Mars was in opposition or on the exact opposite side of the earth from the sun, Washington Post reports. This, combined with the fact that Mars happened to be particularly close to Earth in its orbit right now, made the planet so sharp that amateur astronomers with telescopes could take sharp photos of its surface right from their backwaters.

Photographers documented the event well, as with this time-lapse video shared on Reddit showing that the entire planet is clearly rotating.

In fact, Mars is in opposition quite often – about once every 26 months, according to NASA. But what is much less common is that resistance line up with Mars and Earth passing close together in their orbits. It only happens once every 15 to 17 years, making Tuesday night a rare occasion.

Mars actually made its closest approach to Earth a week earlier, on October 6, and it is not approaching that close again until 2035, WaPo reports.

But if you missed the show, Mars will again pass near Earth on the first day of December 2022 and will go into opposition a week later, creating a repeat – albeit a less dazzling one – of Tuesday’s show.

READ MORE: Mars shines extra bright tonight, opposite the sun[[[[Washington Post]

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