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.
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.
This move comes as President Donald Trump continues to face backlash over a recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin . Coats said he wished Trump hadn't made the statement backing up the "powerful" denial by Vladimir Putin of election hacking.
It was easily Trump's worst moment as president, even if it wasn't - as some over the top Democratic critics said, treasonable. The protests came as a direct response to Trump's actions during a joint press conference with Putin in Finland.
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See the dark side of the moon
NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse . The total eclipse would be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America on Friday and Saturday.
Israel Evacuates Syria's 'White Helmets' to Jordan
Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) administers a buffer zone between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syria. A number of those evacuated were from the White Helmets volunteer rescue group, known as the Syrian Civil Defense .
PM Narendra Modi to gift 200 cows to Rwanda
Currently, India doesn't have a resident mission in Rwanda , but is administered through the high commission in Kampala. In the education sector, Modi announced a donation of 100,000 NCERT books for school going children of Uganda.
Xiaomi Mi A2 and A2 Lite Launched
Meanwhile, the Mi A2 Lite has a 5.84-inch FHD+ display , a Snapdragon 645 processor , 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. The Mi A2 is successor to the Mi A1 from previous year , while the Mi A2 Lite is a toned down version of the Mi A2.
Top Senate Democrat says Trump shouldn't meet with Putin again
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