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Mars at its closest point to Earth next week

Mars at its closest point to Earth next week”

The three probes, from the US, China and the UAE, were launched in July to coincide with the close proximity of Mars to Earth.

Mars' opposition year is notable because the planet will also be at its perihelion - the closet point to the Sun in its orbit around the fiery star.

Stargazers, astronomy enthusiasts and Mars lovers should mark their calendars as the red planet, Mars will be seen closest to Earth for a little while on October 13.

"It just so happens that right now the sun and Earth and Mars are nearly in a line." said Phil Langill, Director of the University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.

If you want to see some detail or even catch a glimpse of Mars polar ice caps, a telescope or binoculars with high magnification will do the trick.

On the day, Mars will also be at its maximum apparent size when viewed through telescopes.

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On that date, Mars will be at opposition - opposite the Sun in the sky.

According to Sky and Telescope, Mars was actually closest to Earth on Tuesday, October 6, separated by just 62 million kilometres (39 million miles) because of the shapes and orientations of the planets' orbits.

How to see Mars when it's at its brightest Two years ago, Mars was somewhat closer to Earth than this year - around 58 million kilometers versus the current 62 million kilometers. It's in the constellation Pisces if you know your stars. you really can't miss it, it's kind of salmon pink looking bright object in the eastern sky, gradually rising moving more towards the north east and it will be visible right the way through the evening, it doesn't set. until after the sun has risen in the morning.

"Indeed, Mars would not be comparably close and well-positioned for northern observers again until it reaches opposition in 2052, making this year's opposition all the more noteworthy", said Sky & Telescope consulting editor Gary Seronik.

Langill said you don't need to leave the city to see the planet.

The planet will move to the south direction by midnight.

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