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Solopos.comJAKARTA—On December 8, 2022, a rare phenomenon will occur in outer space, where the planet Mars can be seen very clearly from Earth. This is a phenomenon called the Mars opposition.
On the same day, Mars will pass behind the moon in an event known as a lunar occultation. This phenomenon can be seen with the naked eye, with binoculars or a telescope.
On that night, you can see the appearance of a very round moon and Mars as a small disk next to it. These occultations of medium-brightness stars are rarer, and occultations of bright stars are rare enough to be very special.
Also, lunar occultations of planets are rare and very special indeed to capture them. This relatively close distance creates an effect known as parallax, and means that when viewed from very distant locations, the position of the moon relative to more distant background objects appears to shift.
The process of the appearance of the opposition of Mars and the First Occult Moon, the full moon is near Mars on the evening of December 7, 2022.
The exact moment of the full moon is at 22.08. CST on December 7 (4:08 UTC on December 8). At night, as the moon moves past Mars, it will pass in front of the red planet over much of North America and Europe.
This is known as an occultation, as the moon covers or eclipses Mars. Then, around 12:00 CST (6 UTC) on December 8, Mars caught up with opposition. During opposition, the Sun, Earth and Mars will form a single line, with the Earth at the centre.
Since Mars reaches opposition in December 2022, this is the best month to see it. The opposition of Mars, when it is opposite the sun in our sky, means that Mars is visible from sunset to sunrise.
During the month of December, the red planet will also be at its brightest. It’s the closest Mars will get to Earth for the next two years.
Since the moon will be full and bright on December 7-8, it’s best to use binoculars to see the fainter planets. The best viewing strategy for a Martian lunar occultation is to start viewing 20 minutes or more before the scheduled time of the event, to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
This news was posted on Bisnis.com with the headline Rare! The planet Mars can be clearly seen from Earth on December 8th.