Mars close to Earth USA: How to watch approach again

Katie Ramirez
August 1, 2018

By mid-August, NASA says Mars will become fainter as the planet and Earth travel away from each other.

The Red Planet will be 57.6 million kilometres from our world today, offering the clearest and brightest views since 2003. Those who were watching the lunar eclipse on July 27 must have noticed Mars in the sky too, as the planet was easily visible a few degrees below our natural satellite. As a result, a greater number of NASA missions to the Red planet, separated by time intervals of two years - to use a closer distance.

"We are encouraging a wide range of people to come up with innovative designs for how they envision a habitat on Mars", said Dr. Lex Akers, dean of the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology at Bradley University, NASA's partner in the challenge. Whereas at midnight one can see it above his head, in the morning it can be spotted in West and South West Direction, Mr Kumar explained.

Last week, Mars was already brighter than usual and will shine even more - and appear bigger - on Tuesday.

Mars is about to be the closest it's been to Earth since 2003, giving us Earthlings the best view of the Red Planet in 15 years.

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Mars will be closest to Earth on Tuesday, a phenomenon that occurs once in every 15 years.

Planning to try and get some photos of the Mars Close Approach? "Both Mars and the Earth orbit the sun but their orbits are not exactly circular, so there are points where they come closer together, and this is one of them".

However, according to scientists from University of Colorado, Boulder in the US, Mars does not retain enough carbon dioxide that could practically be put back into the atmosphere to warm the planet.

With this month's discovery of liquid-water lakes resting beneath the ruddy surface of Mars, humankind took another giant leap toward the potential colonization of the Red Planet.

We will remind, on July 27, the residents of nearly the entire planet could observe a lunar Eclipse. Earth takes roughly a year (or 365.25 days, to be exact) to complete a revolution around the sun, while Mars does it in 1.88 years (approximately 687 days). Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory is providing a live online viewing.

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