The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Kyle Dally joins Jake to discuss Mars's opposition and closest approach. We spent some time at the Trottier Observatory looking through his telescope at everyone's favourite planet.
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Mars reached opposition (when it, Earth and the Sun form a straight line) on May 22nd. It's closest approach (today, May 30th) is another important astronomical event. All of these work on a 26-month cycle. Astronomers around the world have their eyes trained on the blood-coloured planet, tracking its retrograde motion, supreme brightness, and near-approach with great interest. We went on site with Kyle Dally of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to learn about what these events mean, why they are important, and how someone like you or me can get involved with amateur astronomy without spending thousands of dollars on equipment and training.
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