Stop And Look Up: Mars Is Super Close To Earth Right Now
Stop And Look Up: Mars Is Super Close To Earth Right Now
Mars Close Approach: How to view the celestial event
02 August, 2018, 15:45
The planet was observed near opposition, when the Sun, Earth and Mars are lined up, with Earth sitting in between the Sun and Mars. Mars was captured on July 18, at just 36.9 million miles from Earth, near its July 27 opposition.
After sunset, the planet will appear especially bright and should be relatively easy to spot (providing the clouds stay away) thanks to its orange-red hue.
Mars will come even closer to Earth on September 11th, 2035.
But, when and where can I see it?
Coupled with the lack of liquid water, intense solar radiation and harsh winds Mars will place serious hinders even for the successful projects.
You can see Mars tonight by looking to the southwestern sky.
The nearest point to Earth in Mars' elliptical orbit came at around 1100 GMT on Tuesday, NASAsaid. The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles and does not happen very often.
As there will be other planets in good position for viewing at that time, there will also be telescopes set up on the UA Mall directed at Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon run by volunteers from Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association.
Though Mars is closest to the Earth in 15 years is a phenomenon for our generation, it is nowhere as big a deal as it was in 2003. A massive dust storm will engulf the Red planet. In 2003, Mars made its closest approach to Earth-34.6 million miles-in almost 60,000 years.
Mars is particularly close to the Earth now because the two planets' orbits are roughly in the same point in their orbit around the sun.
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