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Mars, Earth, Sun align: 'Opposition' comes days before blood moon

Planet Earth
Planet Earth
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Mars, Earth, and the Sun will align on April 8, something that happens once every 778 days. According to Yahoo! News, this occurrence is called "opposition" and is a very rare site to see.

"Think of Earth and Mars as two cars racing on circular tracks. Because Earth is closer to the sun, it travels faster, completing a circuit in 365 days. Mars is farther from the sun and takes longer, 687 days. By the time Mars has completed one circuit, Earth has a lot of catching up to do to get to a point between the Red Planet and the sun," reports Yahoo! News.

Days after Mars, Earth, and the Sun align, another rare occurrence will be seen in the night sky: A blood moon. As previously reported, this happens when there is a complete lunar eclipse. This will give the moon a reddish-orange glow, giving it the name "blood moon." Interestingly enough, some people believe that the blood moon has to do with prophecy -- some believe it signifies the apocalypse and others insist it represents the second coming of Christ.

Regardless what you believe, the month of April will undoubtedly be a time to keep your eyes on the sky.

When Mars, the Earth, the Sun align, it's difficult to see but with patience and telescope, Mars could be visible.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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