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Opposition Phenomenon (Mars)

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  • October 15, 2020
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Opposition Phenomenon (Mars)

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Space

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  • Recently, Mars became the third brightest object (moon and Venus are first and second, respectively) outshining Jupiter in the night sky.
  • This event is referred to as “opposition”.
  • It takes place every two years and two months.

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Opposition 

  • It is the event when the sun, Earth and an outer planet are lined up, with the Earth in the middle. 
  • The time of opposition is the point when the outer planet is typically also at its closest distance to the Earth for a given year.
  • Since it is close, the planet appears brighter in the sky.

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