Mars at opposition shines extra bright in the night sky tonight

Mars reaches opposition today, Oct. 13, offering skywatchers an early Halloween treat. 

During opposition, Mars, Earth and the sun form a straight line, with Earth in the middle. As a result, the Red Planet appears bigger, brighter and redder than usual — and the planet won’t get this close to Earth again until 2035, according to a statement from Sky & Telescope.



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