Mars Close Approach: Here's what you'll see from Earth

Mars to Shine Brighter Than It Has in 15 Years

The next Mars close approach is on 6 October 2020 when the planet will be 38.6 million miles away. Mars will be at a distance of 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers).

But some perihelic oppositions bring Earth and Mars closer together than others, the USA space agency said.

"In this case it's going to appear about five times brighter than usual", added Kelly.

Due to the elliptical orbits taken by Earth and Mars around the sun they will to reach their closest point to each other until 3:50 a.m. EDT on July 31, according to space.com.

In 2003, Mars and Earth were at their closest in almost 60,000 years, coming within 34.6 million miles of each other.

NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft has found a new type of Martian aurora that occurs over much of the day side of the planet.

Astronomers predict that the Mars will come close to the Earth in 5 years
Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Here's what you need to know about the red planet's approach next week.

During opposition, Mars is especially photogenic because it can be seen fully illuminated by the Sun as viewed from Earth.

The research team looked at the chemical composition of Mars dust using data collected by rovers and landers from different points across the Red Planet.

Mars will be visible to the naked eye for most of the night. In 1877, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli claimed to have seen canals on Mars, suggesting there could be possible civilization, or Martians, on the red planet. Viewers in the US will not be able to see the lunar eclipse.

Starting Friday night, Mars will be at "opposition", which occurs when the Earth lies directly between Mars and the sun, making the sun and Mars appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth.

They're hosting Mars Watch 2018 at the Brooks Observatory in McMaster Hall from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday as well as July 30, July 31, and August 1. "Not quite as bright as Venus, but still because of the reddish, orange-ish-red color, you really can't miss it in the sky". NASA said that won't happen again until 2287. For some, that means a chance to see a total lunar eclipse - the longest of the 21st century, but the eclipse won't be visible from the United States. It willl only be visible to some parts of the world, including Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

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