Mars is coming closer this week to Earth after 17 years

Mars is coming closer this week to Earth after 17 years”

The planet is visible all night during the month and reaches its highest point in the sky around midnight, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Mars is set to be the closest it will be to Earth for another 15 years - so get outside and have a gawp at it.

Arkos said three global space missions in the coming months are taking advantage of Mars' close proximately to Earth, which he said should produce valuable new images of the planet. Instead, the planets have elliptical orbits shaped like ovals.

Mars and Earth don't orbit the sun in ideal circles or even on the same plane. Mars' minimum distance this year is 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers), which will be about 3 million miles further than in 2018.

It should be visible to the naked eye in non-light-polluted areas on a clear night.

By this time, it would be easy to spot Mars as the closer it gets, the brighter it will appear in the skies as well. The nearest conceivable experience is when Earth is the farthest away from the Sun (aphelion) and Mars is the nearest to the Sun (perihelion). "Every 26 months, fast Earth catches and corrupts slower Mars".

The red planet will be unusually close to the Earth on Tuesday Oct. 6, astronomers said.

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This is why the distances can vary between the two planets by millions of miles. Its closest approach to Earth that year will be 1 December, 2022.

The message is that Mars will look as big as the moon in our night sky, which isn't the case. That won't happen again for another 267 years, on August 28, 2287.

The peak of meteor showers is expected on October 21, although several days will see strong views. Before and after opposition, sunlight is reflected at a slightly slanted angle relative to Earth, thereby reducing Mars' brightness. You can also Looking forward to a rare blue moon for Halloween When our neighbor is full moon on October 31st.

If you aren't able to see the close approach tonight, the next one will be December 8, 2020, although you'll have to wait until September 2035 to see it this close.

Mars will be bright and handsome in the sky of October 2020.

NASA's Perseverance rover is close to half way through its journey to the red planet after blasting off back in July, while two other missions left for Mars in the same two-week window.

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