Latest space news: After 15 years, Mars much more closer to Earth today


The Red planet Mars approaching more closer to earth, it occurs only for fifteen years

As distance between earth and mars would be approximately 35.8 million miles on upcoming Tuesday. On Friday the Sun and Mars are positioned in same exact path on opposite direction of earth resembles to the lunar eclipse event. The red planet is even more brighter and bigger it’s clear for watching.

The good news about all the dust of Red planet Mars is that it reflects sunlight, which makes for an even brighter red planet, said Widener University astronomer Harry Augensen.

“It’s magnificent. It’s as bright as an airplane landing light,” Augensen said. “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.”

Mars atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide

The Red planet Mars atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide, and there is very little of it anyway, the pressure is less than 1 per cent of air pressure here. Temperatures on the ground range from 30 degrees celsius to -123 below. A day there is 24 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds long and a year is 687 Earth days.

In 2003, Mars and Earth were the closest in nearly 60,000 years 34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers). NASA said that won’t happen again until 2287. The next close approach, meanwhile, in 2020, will be 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers), according to NASA.

Observatories across the U.S. are hosting Mars-viewing events next week. Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory will provide a live online view of Mars early Tuesday.

The event on Friday will be visible in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth’s shadow on the moon. Friday’s will be long, lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes.