This year in May is one of the best opportunities to observe Mars with telescope or even naked eye. It is because Mars is at opposition.
What does it mean when planet is at opposition? It is when all superior planets – that is, planets orbiting the sun outside Earth’s orbit – are said to be at opposition whenever the Earth passes in between that planet and the sun, in our smaller and faster orbit. The superior planets that are easily visible to the unaided eye include Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Uranus and Neptune are also superior planets.
If you have some interesting photos of your observation of Mars, then do not hesitate to send it to us and we can publish it here. Take a look at some of the observations taken:
Science Mars Journal: Volume 3, Issue 5
Sources: Stellarium, EarthSky.org