Mars in opposition, with petroglyphs

Mars in opposition, with petroglyphs

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mars at its brightest during opposition with the Earth. This occurs when it is in line with the Sun and the Earth. It appears here in the centre of the sky, rising next to the star Spica in the constellation of Virgo. In the foreground are ancient petroglyphs (rock engravings). Photographed in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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