Bright Mars and its reflection

Can Mars appear this bright? Its brightness here is enhanced. Notice the MIlky Way, which doesn’t look so bright to the eye. But Mars will be very bright – easily bright enough to reflect in water – in July 2018.

Bright reddish Mars sending a streak of light across Taylor’s Lake near Horsham, Australia, on July 2, 2018. The glow on the horizon is from the town of Stawell. Photo by Lynton Brown Photography.

Deborah Byrd