Mars closest to Earth at 57m kilometres

02 August, 2018, 15:44 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Mars is now the closest to Earth than it has been in 15 years

But in mid-August, the Red Planet will become fainter due to the fact that the Earth and Mars travel farther away from each other following their orbits around the Sun. Mars will both be brighter and appear bigger than it has since 2003, when it was 34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers) away.

The Red Planet will appear super bright with an orange-red tint making it almost impossible to miss in the nighttime sky. A close encounter with Earth like this won't happen again until the year 2287.

But, when and where can I see it?

But it must be noted that Mars closest to the Earth does not mean it will be at its brightest too. "Because it will be a very rare opportunity to get an up-close view of planet Mars".

People who have watched the lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 might also have noticed Mars in the sky, few degrees below the moon. It is visible as a bright reddish orange spot in the sky.

NASA advice on Mars Earth approach.

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The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers), and is rarely achieved. You can still see Mars, but the trick is to get up before dawn and find a good view of the horizon - over the water or from high ground outside the city. And you should take a look at the sky for a change.

Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, will be 57.6 million kilometres from Earth on Tuesday, the closest it has been since 2003 when it came within 55.7 million kilometres, which was the nearest in almost 60,000 years.

Scientists said mankind can no longer think of Mars as a "safety valve" in case things go wrong on our planet.

While orbiting the Sun, the Earth and Mars approach each other at the closest points of their elliptical orbits.

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, Calif. will livestream the close approach, from 1 to 4 a.m. In fact, Mars will remain brighter than Jupiter in the night sky until about September 7. Even if this loss were prevented somehow, allowing the atmosphere to build up slowly from outgassing by geologic activity, current outgassing is extremely low; it would take about 10 million years just to double Mars' current atmosphere, according to the team. The red planet will appear at its brightest since 2003, when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years. It will be shining brighter than Jupiter, which in general, shines as the brightest in the sky only after Venus.

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