Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years next month

Astronomers predict that the Mars will come close to the Earth in 5 years Scientists find the source of all that crazy Mars dust
Doris Mccormick | 27 July, 2018, 02:22

It will pass within 35.8 million miles from Earth.

So what's the big deal about the close approach?

In 2003, Mars and Earth were the closest in almost 60,000 years - 34.6 million miles (55.7 million km). During opposition, Mars and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth, so Mars will rise in the east just as the sun sets in the west and vice versa, according to NASA.

Mars is shining at its brightest in years - look for the bright red "star" in the night sky - and will soon make its closest approach to Earth since 2003.

It should be relatively easy to spot Mars, as long as cloud cover is minimal.

Mars will be visible to the naked eye for most of the night.

However, the planet will appear around the same brightness on the night of opposition and the night that it is making its closest approach to Earth. Astronomers say we should be able to see it throughout early August.

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Then, on 31 July, the Mars close approach will happen, so this will be your best chance to take a look! Now, the MAVEN team has learned that protons were doing at Mars the same thing as electrons usually do at Earth-create aurora. Mars and Earth will be about 57.6 million km away from each other on July 27.

A massive dust storm that has engulfed the planet will make viewing surface details more hard than it typically would be for those using a telescope, but the dust also reflects the sun's light better, making the planet appear all that much brighter.

"The answer was thievery", said Justin Deighan, of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, lead author of a paper on this research appearing July 23 in Nature Astronomy. You can't miss it.

When Mars and Earth are close to each other, Mars appears very bright in the sky. NASA said on its website.

On Earth, the Northern and Southern lights occur when the solar wind (electrically charged particles from the Sun) follow our planet's geomagnetic field lines to the poles and collide with the upper atmosphere. The best viewing of the planet will coincide with the lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27.

While the blood moon eclipse will not be visible from North America, it will visible across much of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, weather permitting.

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