Mars closest to earth today after 15 years

Mars is now the closest to Earth than it has been in 15 years

Mars Close Approach: How to view the celestial event

An aerial image showing the Mars dust storm that makes the planet look brighter from Earth.

There will be something very cool to see in the sky tonight.

When the Sun, Earth and Mars are lined up, with Earth sitting in between, a phenomenon called "opposition" is in effect, giving the brightest view of Mars.

That is the point in Mars' orbit when it comes closest to Earth.

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But also, "around the time of opposition, a planet is at its closest distance to Earth for a given year", the United States space agency explained. Earth takes roughly a year (or 365.25 days, to be exact) to complete a revolution around the sun, while Mars does it in 1.88 years (approximately 687 days).

The red planet comes close enough for viewing only once or twice every 15 or 17 years. The last time Mars came close to Earth was in 2016.

The Observatory said: "For four hours, beginning on Monday night, July 30, at 10pm, Griffith Observatory provides a rare opportunity of you to see the planet Mars at its closest".

Even if that's the case, the observatory at Western will remain open for presentations about Mars. During opposition, a planet will appear larger than usual, and its brightest colours are visible. In fact, Mars will remain brighter than Jupiter in the night sky until about September 7.

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The red planet is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Tuesday. It is normally 250 million miles away from our planet.

This phenomenon is expected to occur next in 2034.

And we may never see the Red Planet so near for another 269 years. It will be visible southeast of the moon, with a noticeably redder color than stars surrounding it. This recent image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Mars and its ongoing dust storm in incredible detail.

One of the proposed methods of pumping more Carbon dioxide into the Red Planet's atmosphere is by bombing the planet's poles. The spectacle can be witnessed online on a YouTube live stream. The broadcast will continue till 4pm EST (1.30am IST on August 1).

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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.

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