Mars Is Closer To Earth Than You Think

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Mars gets closest to Earth on July 31: What is Mars' opposition? Because a Mars year and Earth year take different amounts of time, their orbits will soon desynch and the planets will separate. At this point, the ringed planet was 1.4 billion kilometers (870 million miles) away from Earth and its spectacular rings are almost at maximum tilt toward the planet, offering a breathtaking angle of Saturn to photograph. The Red Planet will be just 57.6 million kilometers (35.8 million miles) away from Earth.

Mars and Earth will be the closest together since August 2013, and Perth stargazers will have some of the best views on Earth. It will be visible high in the sky on the right side of the moon at around midnight.

"Mars is going to be in opposition, which means that Mars is coming closer to the Earth", Reed said. Find that orangey-red circle in the sky that looks bigger and brighter than usual.

The world-renowned astronomical facility live streamed the Red Planet for more than four hours as it appeared in the skies over California.

Early this morning, Mars made its closest approach to Earth since 2003 - but if you missed it, the Red Planet is still a magnificent sight to see in the night sky.

At that time it passed by at a distance of only 55.8 million kilometers, the closest it had come in 59,619 years.

Mars. Mars was approximately 43 million miles from Earth the closest Mars has ever been to Earth since 1988
Mars is now the closest to Earth than it has been in 15 years

The designs were submitted to the U.S. space agency as part of its 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, launched in 2015 in a bid to create a sustainable living concept for the first inhabitants of the red planet.

The red planet is coming - closer, that is.

But just in case you miss Mars Close Approach this year, the next one is scheduled to take place on October 6, 2020.

Stargazers have the massive Martian dust storm to partly thank for its brightness.

You can even look back at some of the views from Mars' closest point in a webcast that filmed the event live from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. The perihelic opposition happens when Mars is at the nearest point to the Sun in its orbit, which happened on July 27 in 2018 - the night of the lunar eclipse.

The atmospheric pressure on Mars is around 0.6 percent of Earth's.

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