BBC Sky at Night Magazine online event: Mars opposition 2020
Join our webinar as we reveal how to observe Mars throughout October 2020 and make the most of the best chance to see the Red Planet this decade.
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Join us for our live online talk, as we look ahead to one of the astronomical calendar’s most anticipated events: October’s opposition of Mars, when the Red Planet will appear larger and brighter in the sky than at any time in the next 13 years.
Wednesday 7 October, 7pm. Tickets are on sale now at £10.
On Wednesday 7 October at 7pm Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel will be talking all things Mars as they look ahead to the opposition of Mars on 13 October.
We’ll be hosting the event live online, giving you the chance to put questions to the co-presenter of The Sky at Night and the director of the BAA’s Mercury & Venus section from the comfort of your own home.
We'll be covering what makes 2020’s opposition of Mars particularly favourable for viewing the planet from the UK, and just why opposition means the planet is at its brightest and best.
Pete and Paul will also look at the Red Planet’s physical characteristics, with a discussion of its atmosphere and all-important dust storms.
Pete and Paul will give expert advice from their time observing Mars – including through the historic 24-inch Clark refractor at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona – on how best to observe the Red Planet with the naked eye, binoculars and through a telescope.
We will also cover visual observing techniques to help you see more detail, the kind of features that will be presented, and touch on how to get the best out of this great Mars opposition in photos.
You’ll be able to submit questions throughout the talk, and they’ll be put to the speakers in the second part of the presentation to be answered live by them.
Join us on Wednesday 7 October at 7pm.