Mars Opposition 2018

By OSC on July 23, 2018 in What's New
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Morning of Saturday, July 28
(Night of Friday, July 27)

12 a.m.-2 a.m.

Mars’ brightness waxes and wanes in our sky about every two years, but 2018 is a very special year for Mars!

Because of Mars’ close proximity to Earth this Friday night/Saturday morning, the Red Planet will appear brighter in our sky than it has since 2003. Orlando Science Center is hosting a viewing event in the Crosby Observatory so you can enjoy an incredible view of Mars!

Every two years or so, Mars, Earth and the Sun will form a straight line during the course of their orbits with Earth in the middle, creating an opposition. The red planet will be especially close to Earth and look like a super bright orange star in the southern sky. Mars will come within 35.8 million miles of us, making it the biggest and brightest it’s been since 2003, and it won’t be this close to us again until 2035.

Learn more about the Mars opposition from NASA and check out their amazing library of Mars images

Hours and Admission

Tickets for the Mars Opposition Viewing Event are $5 per person. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Science Center and are available for purchase during normal building hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.

Tickets are limited and could sell out in advance.

• Children 2 and under are free.
• Orlando Science Center members must purchase a $5 ticket to attend.

The viewing event will occur Friday evening (technically Saturday morning), from 12 a.m. to 2 a.m.

For more information on this event at OSC, RSVP to the Facebook event.

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