Opposition describes the occasion marked by the sun, Earth and Mars all lining up perfectly. Earth is in the middle, so the sun is on one side while Mars is on the other. That means Mars will be at the opposite point in the sky, above the horizon after the sun has set.
It also means Mars will appear fully illuminated from the vantage point of Earth-dwellers, causing it to appear especially bright.
Where to look
Mars was closest to Earth a week ago on Oct. 6, in fact the closest in 15 years, but appears more brilliant Tuesday night. That’s because it’s in a better position to reflect more sunlight back at us. Last week, it was doing so at a slanted angle, acutely diminishing its apparent magnitude.
If you’re looking to catch Mars at its most effulgent, all you have to do is look east an hour or
Each week I pick out the northern hemisphere’s celestial highlights (mid-northern latitudes) for the week ahead, but be sure to check my main feed for more in-depth articles on stargazing, astronomy and eclipses.
What To Watch For In The Night Sky This Week: October 12-18, 2020
This week it’s all about Mars, which will look its biggest, brightest and best in post-sunset skies since 2018 and, technically speaking, since 2003.
However, it’s also a week where the Moon wanes towards its New phase, meaning dark skies at night, gorgeous crescents in the early pre-dawn mornings early in the week, and in early evenings from Sunday.
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NEW YORK, Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Night Market, Horizon’s recently launched eCommerce data intelligence company, today announced it has hired Kimberly Chulis, Ph.D., as VP of Data Science. The move is effective immediately and Chulis will report directly to Randy Browning, President of Night Market.
Night Market is designed to provide brands with unique insights into consumer purchase behaviour within the walled gardens of Amazon, Google and Facebook, thus giving brands unprecedented control of the consumer e-purchase journey. The role of VP of Data Science represents a significant hire as Night Market continues to bring together performance media and retail expertise to provide brands with a more sophisticated approach to maximizing their revenue potential.
Chulis is a 20-year data science veteran known for her innovative work in advanced analytics, predictive modeling and cloud-based ML and AI solutions for major technology companies such as Microsoft and IBM. At Night
Louisville police have released a batch of evidence from an investigation of the raid that killed Breonna Taylor in March. It raises new questions over why police targeted her home in an effort to prosecute her ex-boyfriend.
A police lieutenant who came to the scene after the shooting told investigators, “something really bad happened.”
The material includes more than 250 videos and more than 4,000 pages of documents. It was released Wednesday as the outcry for justice for Taylor continues.
Former Detective Brett Hankison pleaded not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment for endangering the lives of three people in the neighboring apartment, the only charges that were filed by the grand jury reviewing Taylor’s death. Neither Hankison nor the two other officers involved in the fatal police shooting were charged directly with Taylor’s death.
One of the police body camera videos shows Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker outside
Mars has been growing brighter in the night sky throughout the year so far. On Tuesday night, the planet will be at the brightest we’ve seen it in October in 32 years.
According to NASA, on October 6, 2020, Mars will be 62.1 million kilometres away from Earth. That’s the closest it’s come to us since July and August of 2018, when it reached a distance of 57.6 million km on July 31.
Mars was just 57.6 million km from Earth on July 31, 2018, the closest since 2003. By August 21, 2018, it was farther away than it is now, in October 2020. Credit: NASA/Scott Sutherland
According to NASA, Mars came even closer to Earth in 2003 – 55.7 million km on August 27 – which was the
Forget Halloween. This October is all about the glory of Mars. The glimmering red planet will put on a show in the night sky.
You can enjoy Mars as a bright point of light all month long, but there are two special dates to mark on your calendar: Oct. 6 when the planet makes a close approach to Earth, and Oct. 13, when it will be in opposition.
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Mars has a reputation as the “red” planet, but its color in the night sky is a little more on the Halloween side of the spectrum. It appears as a bright orange-red dot to the naked eye, like a little spot of glittering rust.
A recently designed space toilet that better accommodates women is headed to the International Space Station. The new loo was packed inside a cargo ship set to blast off late Thursday from NASA’s flight facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, though technical difficulties delayed the launch until Friday evening. The astronauts will give the toilet a test run for the next few months.
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows off the hose on the current toilet for when you need to pee.
Weighing almost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) and measuring 28 inches (71 centimeters) tall, the new toilet is about half as big as the two Russian-built toilets already in use at the ISS. This new toilet is 65% smaller and almost half as light than current ISS toilets in
And Google packed all of this into a quick 30-minute event. The Pixel 4a 5G, as expected, is an upgraded version of the Pixel 4a. Back in August, we called it the best affordable Android phone. The 4a 5G adds in support for 5G networks (Sub6 and mmWave standards), features a slightly bigger display and is $499. The Pixel 5 continues the 5G party with the same dual camera setup on the back, a slightly smaller display and more color options. It also features IP68 resistance and reverse wireless charging.
The new Chromecast finally has a dedicated remote and feels like a full-fledged streaming box. It’s running Google TV, which delivers a whole new layout with
Google’s Pixel 5 flagship smartphone drops the telephoto camera its predecessor offered for capturing distant subjects and switches instead to an ultrawide angle alternative good for photographing groups of people and indoor scenes. The shift follows Apple’s iPhone 11, which last year added an ultrawide lens.
An ultrawide camera also is useful for video, which often crops the outer portions of the frame to help stabilize footage. The ultrawide camera complements a traditional main 12-megapixel camera on the Pixel 5’s back and a front-facing 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The Pixel 5 starts at $700, but the same camera hardware is also used on the new Pixel 4a with 5G network support, too.
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Each Monday I pick out the northern hemisphere’s celestial highlights (mid-northern latitudes) for the week ahead, but be sure to check my main feed for more in-depth articles on stargazing, astronomy and eclipses.
What To Watch For In The Night Sky This Week: September 28-October 5, 2020
This week sees the rise of the “Harvest Moon”—guaranteed to be a spectacular sight—before our natural satellite moves super-close to Mars.
It’s also the peak of the Draconids meteor shower, one of the easiest of the year to see given relatively warm evenings. It’s also uniquely convenient; it’s the only display of “shooting stars” of the year to look its best right after sunset.
Thursday, October 1, 2020: The full ‘Harvest Moon’