Red Planet Mars Comes Closer to Earth Like Never Before Today

01 August, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Matt Damon in The Martian
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Aidan Monaghan

Planet Mars is set to be visible from the Earth's surface on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, as the Red Planet is to pass closer to Earth overnight than it has ever been in the last 15 years.

The last time we saw the Red Planet up close was in 2003, when it was 55.8 million kilometres away from Earth - its closest venture to us in 60,000 years.

NASA and its partners are holding a $2.5 million competition to build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency's journey to Mars. Mars will reach opposition again before then.

The next close approach between two planets will be 62 million kilometres in 2020, as per NASA.

The live link is here-while the broadcast is now over the recording lives on and, of course, it lives on in the sky too-just look up. The perihelic opposition happens when Mars is nearest to the Sun in its orbit, which happened on the night of the lunar eclipse.

Mars will shine brightly and will appear to bigger than normal on Tuesday. But if you slept through the whole event, don't worry!

Today, Mars will be at its closest distance to Earth in a decade and a half.

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You can re-watch the webcast, which was hosted by Laura Danly, online.

On the evening of July 31, and the planet will be seen rising from the Gemini constellation in India and you will be able to see it with the naked eye. Aldrin is an active proponent of humankind exploring farther out into the solar system and landing a crewed mission on Mars.

"We should establish an occupancy on the moon", Aldrin said in the live video about Earth's satellite that he once stepped foot on.

Mars will start to dim by around mid-August and return to its normal magnitude of brightness around the start of September. It is visible as a bright reddish orange spot in the sky.

There is presently a planet-wide dust storm on Mars, a phenomenon that is said to occur when the planet is closest to the sun in its orbit.

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

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