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Mars was so close this week that you can see its surface from its backyard

Mars appeared brightest on Tuesday night due to the perfect planetary arrangement, which allowed it to reflect more sunlight to Earth.

This is because Mars was in opposition or on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, The Washington Post reports. This, along with the fact that Mars is particularly close to Earth in its orbit at the moment, has made the planet so fresh that amateur astronomers with telescopes can take clear pictures of its surface right from their backyards.

Photographers documented the event well, as with this video shared on Reddit, which shows that the entire planet is spinning clearly.

Mars is actually quite often in opposition – about once every 26 months, according to NASA. But what is much rarer is that the opposition is lined up with Mars and Earth, which pass close to each other in their orbits. This only happens once every 15 to 17 years, making it a rare occurrence on Tuesday nights.

Mars actually made its closest approach to Earth a week earlier, on October 6, and will be approaching again so close to 2035, WaPo reports.

But in case you missed the show, Mars will once again pass close to Earth on the first day of December 2022 and enter opposition a week later, creating a rerun – albeit less dazzling – of Tuesday’s show.

READ MORE: Mars will shine extremely bright tonight, facing the sun[[[[The Washington Post]

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