The Mars opposition in 2020 is just 86 days away! It seems like we had a Mars opposition just a little over two years ago, doesn't it?
I took advantage of the nice seeing conditions this morning and spent some time focused on Mars.
What did I expect to see?
The Virtual Planet Atlas, free software for planetary observation and study, has a really nice model of Mars. One look at its graphics will tell you everything.
For Mars this morning, the model predicted this:
|Mars, via the Virtual Planet Atlas|
And this is what I captured:
|Mars, 07/20/2020 at 0854 UTC|
Fingers crossed that we don't instead get blessed with a planetary-wide, global, feature obscuring, dust storm like the 2018 opposition.