A photograph of Mars at opposition in the night sky.

See Mars in opposition join the full moon in the sky tonight (December 7)

In the evening of Wednesday (December 7) and until the wee hours of Thursday (December 8), Mars will be directly opposite the sun in the sky in an astronomical arrangement called an opposition. Mars will be in the Taurus constellation in opposition and will be visible for most of the night reaching its highest point around midnight local time across the globe.

Skywatchers in New York will see the arrangement beginning around 4:55 p.m. EST on December 7 (21:35 GMT) when it rises 7 degrees above the horizon to the northeast. according In the sky (opens in a new tab). The Red Planet will peak in the sky at 74 degrees above the southern horizon at around 11:41 p.m. EST (0441 GMT). Following this, Mars at opposition will disappear from view on Thursday morning (December 8) when it drops below 7 degrees above the northwest horizon and disappear from view around 6:27 a.m. EST (11 27 GMT). (The width of your fist at arm’s length is about 10 degrees in the sky.)

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