Mars, shot by Hubble on July 18. Its satellite Phobos is on the right.
Image: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and OPAL team, and STScI (

Mars was opposed tonight, which means it is as close and bright as its relationship. Get. To celebrate, Hubble has released a new image of this dusty red planet, as well as Saturn opposed last month.

Opposition means that the Sun, Earth and Mars are in a line (the Earth is closest to the Red Planet), making Mars look brighter than usual. Mars will be the closest Mars in 15 years, only 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers), so this is the best time to observe it through a telescope. But more importantly, you will be able to see the entire planet enveloped in the current dust storm that threatens the Opportunity Detector.


“If you have binoculars or binoculars, you will be able to see some structures,” NASA scientist Geronimo Villanueva told Gizmodo. “It seems to have not been resolved due to the dust storm.”

Two photos of Mats show how the recent dust storms shrouded the planet.
Image:NASA, ESA and STScI.

It sounds like a rogue that makes this planet look blurry, but it’s really amazing. Extreme weather has occurred on another planet, which can be seen by amateur astronomers on Earth.


The opposition is a good time to study the planets of the Hubble Space Telescope that orbit the Earth. Hubble can provide something to experiment on the surface of Mars and its orbits: a clear image of the entire planet. Scientists can monitor the evolution of global dust storms over time in an image. Also, object to allowing better pictures. “If you are doing astronomy, having a bigger body allows you to get higher resolution images,” Villanueva said.

This new image appeared a few months after Mars News. The Curiosity Rover recently discovered organic molecules 3.5 billion years ago at the Martian ‘Galewind Crater. This week, the Mars Express spacecraft announced that it seemed to be a huge salt water body about a mile below the surface of Mars. For a long time, local dust storms on the surface of the earth have gone global, cutting off the contact between people and Opportunity.

Saturn was opposed on June 27th, allowing Hubble to take this photo.
Image:NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and OPAL team, and J. DePasquale (STScI).


If you have a pair of binoculars or binoculars, you might want to look at Mars tonight (once you have read the eclipse of today, if you are in a place where you can see it). Mars rose at 8:38 in the evening. ET (5:38 pm ET), 5:29 am Eastern Time on Saturday (2:29 am Pacific Time). In addition, Jupiter and Saturn will still shine – Saturn was opposed last month.

Go and see the space!