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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