Mars Near Opposition

At opposition, Mars, Earth and the sun will all line up, with the Earth directly in the middle. During this time, Mars will appear at its biggest and brightest in more than a decade. At this 2016 opposition, Mars isn’t as close as it can be. We’ll have to wait until 2018 for that. But, at a distance of 46.78 million miles (75.28 million km), this opposition brings Mars closer than it has been in a decade, i.e. since the Martian opposition of November 7, 2005.

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