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Mars is the only terrestrial planet easily imaged from Earth. It offers volcanoes, changing polar caps, clouds, and dust storms to the astro imager.
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Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Oct 26, 2018 (2)
92.1 days after opposition

Oct 27, 2018 (2)
93.1 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Sep 18, 2020 (7)
24.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Oct 17, 2003
50.3 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Sep 19, 2020 (7)
23.7 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Oct 20, 2003
53.3 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Sep 22, 2020 (7)
20.7 days before opposition

Sep 23, 2020 (8)
19.7 days before opposition

Sep 28, 2020 (10)
14.7 days before opposition

Sep 30, 2020 (14)
12.7 days before opposition

Oct 3, 2020 (19)
9.6 days before opposition

Oct 5, 2020 (15)
7.7 days before opposition

Oct 10, 2020 (2)
2.8 days before opposition

Oct 11, 2020 (14)
1.7 days before opposition

Oct 13, 2020 (10)
0.3 days after opposition

Oct 16, 2020 (14)
3.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Nov 18, 2003
82.4 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Oct 28, 2020 (14)
15.3 days after opposition

Oct 30, 2020 (12)
17.2 days after opposition

Nov 1, 2020 (15)
19.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 7 December 2022
Mars reaches 17.2" and transits at 81 degrees, with an axial tilt of -5 degrees. At exactly opposition, Mars was occulted by the Moon. Opposition occurred a few weeks before Northern Spring Equinox.

Sep 27, 2022
70.8 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Nov 14, 2020 (5)
32.2 days after opposition

Nov 19, 2020
37.2 days after opposition

Dec 21, 2020 (6)
69.1 days after opposition

Nov 25, 2020 (5)
43.2 days after opposition

Dec 5, 2020
53.2 days after opposition

Dec 19, 2020 (4)
67.1 days after opposition

Dec 20, 2020 (4)
68.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 29 January 2010
Mars reached 14.0", opposing 2 months before aphelion. It transited at 78 degrees. Axial tilt was 14 degrees and it was mid Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sep 18, 2009
132.3 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Jan 15, 2021 (3)
94.1 days after opposition

Jan 17, 2021 (4)
96.1 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 8 April 2014
Mars reached 15.0" and transited at 51 degrees, occurring 3 months after aphelion. Axial tilt was 21 degrees and it was early summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sep 23, 2013
196.4 days before opposition

Oct 16, 2013 (4)
173.4 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Jun 9, 2019
318.1 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 8 April 2014
Mars reached 15.0" and transited at 51 degrees, occurring 3 months after aphelion. Axial tilt was 21 degrees and it was early summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Nov 1, 2013
157.5 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 29 January 2010
Mars reached 14.0", opposing 2 months before aphelion. It transited at 78 degrees. Axial tilt was 14 degrees and it was mid Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Feb 15, 2010 (11)
17.4 days after opposition

Mar 11, 2010 (9)
41.4 days after opposition

Apr 7, 2010
68.4 days after opposition

May 3, 2010
94.4 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 8 April 2014
Mars reached 15.0" and transited at 51 degrees, occurring 3 months after aphelion. Axial tilt was 21 degrees and it was early summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Feb 13, 2014
53.4 days before opposition

Mar 15, 2014 (2)
23.5 days before opposition

Mar 30, 2014 (21)
8.6 days before opposition

Apr 6, 2014 (12)
1.6 days before opposition

Apr 14, 2014 (2)
6.3 days after opposition

Apr 28, 2014 (5)
20.3 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Mar 16, 2016 (11)
66.0 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 8 April 2014
Mars reached 15.0" and transited at 51 degrees, occurring 3 months after aphelion. Axial tilt was 21 degrees and it was early summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

May 3, 2014 (40)
25.3 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Apr 9, 2018
107.5 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Jun 3, 2016 (7)
12.9 days after opposition

Jun 4, 2016 (21)
13.8 days after opposition

Jun 8, 2016 (18)
17.8 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 8 April 2014
Mars reached 15.0" and transited at 51 degrees, occurring 3 months after aphelion. Axial tilt was 21 degrees and it was early summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Jul 23, 2014
106.3 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Jun 16, 2016 (13)
25.8 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

May 4, 2018 (6)
82.5 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Jun 19, 2016 (6)
28.8 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

May 13, 2018 (5)
73.5 days before opposition

Jun 1, 2018 (3)
54.5 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 8 April 2014
Mars reached 15.0" and transited at 51 degrees, occurring 3 months after aphelion. Axial tilt was 21 degrees and it was early summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Aug 30, 2014
143.4 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Jul 21, 2016 (5)
60.8 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Jun 7, 2018
48.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Apr 25, 2020
171.5 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Jul 22, 2016 (5)
61.8 days after opposition

Jul 26, 2016 (9)
65.7 days after opposition

Aug 10, 2016
80.7 days after opposition

Aug 15, 2016 (4)
85.7 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Jul 4, 2018 (3)
21.6 days before opposition

Jul 13, 2018 (3)
12.6 days before opposition

Jul 20, 2018 (2)
5.6 days before opposition

Jul 22, 2018 (3)
3.7 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Jun 9, 2020
125.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Jul 28, 2018 (2)
2.3 days after opposition

Jul 30, 2018 (3)
4.3 days after opposition

Aug 1, 2018
6.3 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sep 23, 2016
124.7 days after opposition

Sep 24, 2016 (5)
125.7 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Aug 14, 2018
19.3 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sep 29, 2016
130.7 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Jul 3, 2020 (2)
101.6 days before opposition

Jul 2, 2020 (2)
102.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Aug 18, 2018
23.2 days after opposition

Aug 22, 2018
27.2 days after opposition

Aug 23, 2018
28.2 days after opposition

Aug 29, 2018
34.2 days after opposition

Aug 30, 2018 (2)
35.2 days after opposition

Sep 6, 2018
42.2 days after opposition

Sep 7, 2018 (3)
43.2 days after opposition

Sep 8, 2018 (2)
44.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Aug 23, 2003
4.5 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Sep 9, 2018
45.1 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Jul 27, 2020
77.7 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Sep 12, 2018 (2)
48.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Aug 26, 2003 (2)
1.5 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Sep 13, 2018 (3)
49.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Aug 27, 2003 (3)
0.4 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Sep 14, 2018
50.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Jul 31, 2020 (2)
73.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Sep 15, 2018 (2)
51.2 days after opposition

Sep 17, 2018 (2)
53.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Sep 3, 2003
6.6 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Sep 21, 2018
57.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Sep 4, 2003 (2)
7.6 days after opposition

Sep 8, 2003
11.5 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Aug 8, 2020 (2)
65.6 days before opposition

Aug 11, 2020 (8)
62.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 22 May 2016
Mars reaches 18.5" and transits at 34 degrees. Axial tilt was 10 degrees and it was late summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Nov 9, 2016 (4)
171.7 days after opposition

Nov 10, 2016 (11)
172.6 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Sep 29, 2018 (2)
65.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Sep 15, 2003
18.4 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Aug 23, 2020 (4)
50.7 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Sep 21, 2003
24.5 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Oct 9, 2018 (2)
75.2 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Aug 26, 2020 (11)
47.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 28 August 2003
At this historically close opposition occurring just 2 days before perihelion, Mars reached 25.1". It transited at 40 degrees. Axial tilt was -18 degrees and Northern Winter Solstice occurred a month later.

Sep 25, 2003
28.5 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 13 October 2020
Mars reaches 22.5" opposing just 6 weeks after perihelion, making this the fourth closest opposition from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 61 degrees with an zxial tilt of -20 degrees. Opposition occurred a month after the Northern Winter Solstice.

Sep 4, 2020 (4)
38.6 days before opposition
Mars Opposition - 27 July 2018
Mars spans 24.3" opposing 2 months before perihelion, making this the third closest encounter from 2000 - 2050 AD. Mars transited at 30 degrees and was tilted -10 degrees and the Northern Hemisphere was in mid-autumn. This opposition was marked by a global dust storm.

Oct 21, 2018 (2)
87.1 days after opposition
Mars Opposition - 7 November 2005
Mars reached 19.9", opposing 3.5 months after perihelion. It transited at 72 degrees. Axial tilt was -15 degrees and it was mid-Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Aug 21, 2005
76.9 days before opposition
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