Close Encounter: Mars at Opposition

Close Encounter: Mars at Opposition

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News release ID: STScI-2005-34
Release Date: Nov 3, 2005
Image Use: Copyright
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This illustration shows the relative positions of Earth and Mars at the last six oppositions, when the Sun and Mars are on exact opposite sides of Earth. The images of Mars show the planet's apparent relative size at each opposition, as viewed by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Orbits of the inner planets are to scale.

Infographics, Mars, Planets, Solar System


NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)