Mars during the 2003 opposition, nearly twice as large as this years!
(Photo by Author).
After a wintertime drought of evening planets, March and the beginning of northern hemisphere spring sees the return of the classical naked eye-planets to the PM skies, not the least of which is Mars. Currently rising low in the east at sunset in the constellation Leo, Mars reaches opposition this weekend on March 3rd at 20:00UT/15:00EST at a distance of 0.6741 Astronomical Units (A.U.s) or 62,661,510 miles from Earth. [Read more...]