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Red Planet Mars Comes Closer to Earth Like Never Before Today

Red Planet Mars Comes Closer to Earth Like Never Before Today

The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, in partnership with Steward Observatory and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, will be holding a "Mars Magnified" event for the public on July 31, from 8 p.m.to 2 a.m.

This proximity interprets that the Earth is in "opposition" with Mars - meaning that it is sitting directly between the Sun and the planet.

Mars will shine bright and look bigger between now and Tuesday, when it will come within 57.6 million kilometres of Earth.

In 2003, Mars and Earth were the closest in almost 60,000 years - 34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers). Astronomers around the world trained their telescopes on the sky when Mars comes closer to Earth. It will be visible high in the sky on the right side of the moon at around midnight. Humanity will have to wait 269 years for Mars to get much closer, NASA says.

As a result, Mars will always be too cold for humans to ever survive without the help of their space suits.

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. The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles and does not happen very often.

"The Red Planet and Earth haven't been this close since 2003, and won't be again until 2035", NASA said. That encounter won't be beaten until 2287.

The designs were submitted to the USA space agency as part of its 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, launched in 2015 in a bid to create a sustainable living concept for the first inhabitants of the red planet.

The Red Planet peaked in its orbit around 12.45am PT on Monday morning, or before sunrise on the East Coast. To view specific details of Mars' surface, stargazers can view the planet through a telescope.

However, for all the space enthusiasts out there, you can still witness the phenomenon in all its glory as NASA's Griffith Observatory is hosting a live stream on YouTube.

We will remind, on July 27, the residents of nearly the entire planet could observe a lunar Eclipse.

"In fact, we now believe that early Mars was a lot like Earth". And with 37 percent of the Earth's gravity, life on Mars could also be quite fun.

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