Mars Close and Bright in Late July

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Curt Renz

Active Member
May 22, 2017
Mars will appear at a perihelic opposition from the Sun during the night of 2018 JUL 26-27. Greatest brilliance at magnitude -2.8 is expected on JUL 28, with closest approach to Earth on JUL 31. It will be nearly as bright and close as in 2003, which was its closest in more than 60,000 years.

My related graphics and more details can be found on my Mars webpage:

Photos and descriptions of Mars during its current apparition would be welcome additions to this thread.