Mars will be coming close to Earth in coming weeks

Mars is set to come to the closest point to Earth since 2003 when it reaches opposition with the Sun in late July

Mars will make its closest approach to earth over the last 1.5 decades, which makes it particularly attractive and bright.

Mars will make its closest swing toward Earth, bringing it closer and appearing brighter, than it has in the past 15 years.

This year the two planets won't get quite as cozy.

The next time this will happen is on October 6th, 2020, where the distance between the Earth and Mars will be 38.6 million miles away. It occurs when the Earth passes directly between Mars and the sun and as a result, brings the two planets closer to each other.

Planetary opposition occurs whenever a planet sits directly opposite the sun while reaching its closest orbital point to Earth.

But while Mars may look bright and lovely from your backyard, the reality on the planet is much less friendly. Once Mars and Earth split up once again, the next time that Mars gets this close will be on September 15, 2035.

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Dean Regas, an astronomer at the Cincinatti Observatory, told Mother Nature Network that this year's event would be nearly as good as that viewing.

Here's what Nasa said about Mars going into opposition: 'Like all the planets in our solar system, Earth and Mars orbit the sun.

"In fact, you will be hard pressed to miss it", Regas told Newsweek. It'll be much brighter than any star, brighter than Jupiter, almost as bright as Venus.

A vast dust storm fourteen million square miles across has swept Mars, but while one NASA rover has gone silent, it doesn't seem to have dampened NASA's Curiosity's spirits.

The fortunate son " The storm is one of the most intense ever observed on the Red Planet", NASA said in a statement last week.

While NASA was at pains to explain that it has not discovered life on Mars, the organic molecules could provide vital clues. However, because they both follow elliptical or oval-shaped orbits, the distance always changes from time to time. However, Mars will be in the spotlight for a couple of weeks in July and August. "And you'll see it every night for the next several months". It will appear at its brightest from July 27-30.



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