Mars Is At Its Best This Week Until 2052. Here’s How You Can Get A Close-Up In A YouTube Telescope
Can you see Mars at night? Yes—right now you can see Mars from Earth by looking due east as soon as the Sun sets in the west. Mars is today at opposition so as bright as it ever gets.
However, if you want to get an extra-special close-up then Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona is streaming a special “Virtual Mars Series” of planet-gazing events on YouTube.
During these live webcasts you’ll be able to see real-time close-ups of the red planet through a huge 14-inch “virtual telescope.”
How, when and where to see live close-ups of Mars streaming on YouTube
The observatory is running three sessions on YouTube . Its “Virtual Mars Series” is free and open to everyone.
Clear skies allowing, each session will begin at 8 p.m. MST (that’s 03:00 UTC on the following date) and include live views of Mars through the observatory’s 14-inch PlaneWave CDK telescope each evening:
- Tuesday, October 13: 8 – 9:15 p.m. MST
- Tuesday, October 20: 8 – 9:15 p.m. MST
- Tuesday, October 27: 8 – 9:15 p.m. MST
What time to see Mars tonight?
If you want to know when to see Mars it’s easy—today’s opposition of Mars makes the red planet visible all night long. Mars makes its closest approaches to Earth during oppositions, which occur every 26 months.
How to see Mars tonight
In practice, it may take some finding at that time of night because it will be low on the