On the century’s longest lunar eclipse July 27th, there will also occur a rare phenomenon when Mars, Earth, and the sun will be arranged in a straight line during the course of their orbits, the phenomenon is called the Mars Opposition.

Why is Mars Opposition of importance?

On this rare phenomenon, Mars lies directly opposite the sun in Earth’s sky. The distance between the earth and Mars will be the shortest in 15 years. According to the NASA release, Mars will appear brightest from July 27 to July 30. Its closest approach to Earth will be on July 31st (57.6 million kilometres). While gazing at the blood moon, you might be shocked to find even Mars is visible tonight at its brightest.

mars opposition, Mars, Earth and the Moon in space - 3d render - Elements of this image furnished by NASA.
Mars, Earth and the Moon in space – 3d render – Elements of this image was furnished by NASA.
Get up close to the Red Planet with Airbnb

To celebrate the rare spectacle of Mars close approach (Mars Opposition), Airbnb is hosting a one-of-a-kind bookable Experience which will let guests watch the Red Planet from one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Gran Telescopio Canarias, in La Palma, Spain.

Visitors can gaze at the Red Planet’s ice caps and dust storms, you can even take photographs of Mars and grab a front-row seat to the century’s longest lunar eclipse.

The Canary Islands are known for pristine star-studded skies and beautiful landscapes. The clear and protected starry night skies of La Palma is known as one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

The Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC)
mars opposition, Grantecan telescope located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma, Canary Islands
Grantecan telescope located at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma, Canary Islands

GTC 10.4 m (410 in) reflecting telescope is the world’s largest single-aperture optical telescope. It is located at the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory on the volcanic island of La Palma, Canaries, Spain.

Before planning to visit this giant telescope located on a volcanic peak 7,438 ft above the sea level, Read GTC visitor guide for the information regarding accommodation, transport and certain visitors etiquettes.

Read more: Get ready for the longest lunar eclipse of the century taking place this month

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