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Viewing Mars

Adam Isa

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Because the orbit of Mars and the orbit of Earth are similar in size (well compared to Earth/Jupiter), Mars moves much further in it's own orbit than the other planets do.

So mars takes a lot longer to go from opposition to opposition - over 2 years.

Mars was at opposition in Jan 2010, the next one is in Mar 2012, then Apr 2014 and May 2016.

So you need to wait a little while.


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Not only will it be 19 months till the next opposition but the opposition will be further towards aphelion than it was in Jan of this year. For Mars to be nearly back to perihelion you will have to wait until 2020.

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