Planet Mars Viewed From White Rock

If you look to the skies – Mars rises in the east at sunset, is at its highest at midnight, and sets in the west at sunrise. Pictured here is the planet Mars about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the western skies viewed from White Rock. Mars is a fiery red and very wonderful sight all night long. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

NASA’s diagram of Mars opposition shows the Sun, the Earth and Mars lining up every two years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Stargazers perk up — Mars is getting big and bright the coming week, as the sun, Earth and Mars line up close to a new moon on the night of Oct. 13. The event that happens about every two years is called ‘opposition’ in astronomy terms: the sun and Mars on opposite sides of Earth. From the earthling’s perspective, according to NASA, Mars rises in the east just as the sun sets in the west, and would stay up in the sky the whole night, setting in the west just as the sun rises. Because we’re seeing the whole dayside of the red planet the whole week, it’s going to be ideal for viewing. Source: NASA. Courtesy/Nancy Ann Hibbs