This month, Mars will make a once-every-26-month close approach to Earth and form a straight line with the Sun, the Earth and itself, called an "opposition". It's a great time to observe the Red Planet, whether you're a professional astronomer with access to a top of the line telescope, or an amateur looking up at the night sky from your back yard.
To celebrate, WeMartians will be hosting an online event to share the fun and science in Earth-based Martian observations. Beginning on May 14th (International Astronomy Day), we'll be featuring astronomy photos, fun facts about the planet and its motion, and the history of Mars Astronomy. The opposition occurs on May 22nd (when Mars is at its brightest) and the closest approach to Earth is May 30th (when Mars is its largest in the sky).
Of course, a special event wouldn't be complete without a podcast episode. We've got something very exciting lined up with a special guest, so stay tuned!
You can also submit your own photos if you are checking out Mars in all of its bright, red glory. Check out the event on Facebook, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #MarsOpp2016!
Support us on Patreon for as little as $1/month!