Watch Mars Come To Earth's Closest Ever In 60,000 Years Tonight

Jan Cross
August 1, 2018

But it must be noted that Mars closest to the Earth does not mean it will be at its brightest too.

As Mars will be in the nearest position to the Earth, people can get the view from sunset until sunrise.

The Red Planet is now brighter than usual and will glow even more - and look larger - tonight.

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.

Don't forget to look up and catch a glimple of a brigher Mars tonight as the Red Planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Tuesday when the two planets will be 57.6 million kilometres apart.

As for novice astronomers who might be a little bummed they missed the 3:50 a.m. wake up call, NASA streamed Mars' close encounter with Earth live from the Griffith Observatory.

Mars will be closest to the Earth in a decade and a half today, on the night of July 31, 2018. According to estimates of NASA, similar phenomena will not take place again till the year 2287.

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Mars will be visible with a telescope or the naked eye by looking south, but it will not be as big as the moon as one urban legend says.

This proximity interprets that the Earth is in "opposition" with Mars - meaning that it is sitting directly between the Sun and the planet.

Mars will be seen rising from the Gemini constellation in India tonight (July 31).

Mars will become fainter by mid-August as the two planets orbit away from each other around the sun.

The snapshot of Mars, captured on July 18, reveals that it is in the midst of a global dust storm, with spring in the southern hemisphere.

But just in case you miss Mars Close Approach this year, the next one is scheduled to take place on October 6, 2020. The live stream can be found on the space agency's website, or NASA's YouTube channel from 1.30pm EST (around 11pm IST).

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