Mars gets closer to earth after 15 years

Mars gets closer to earth after 15 years

Mars gets closer to earth after 15 years

Is 35.8 million miles the closest Mars has ever been to Earth?

But a real long-term habitat on Mars is probably a long way off, she admits, saying the project highlighted the many problems of settling on the red planet.

The atmospheric pressure on Mars is around 0.6 percent of Earth's.

"If it's cloudy, we can not really use our telescopes to look at Mars".

This morning, like right now, Mars is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. This will also be the closest the red planet comes to Earth until October 2020.

The two stellar bodies will not meet again this close for another 17 years.

Mars got closest to the Earth in 2003 approximately 60,000 years after its previous approach.

And Cami said, although the red planet makes its closest approach to Earth tonight, that doesn't mean that tomorrow it won't been seen. Last Friday, Mars was in opposition. During opposition, a planet will appear larger than usual, and its brightest colours are visible.

Mars is now the closest to Earth than it has been in 15 years
Just 57.6 million kilometres apart, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in 15 years

The red planet is coming - closer, that is.

The Observatory said: "For four hours, beginning on Monday night, July 30, at 10pm, Griffith Observatory provides a rare opportunity of you to see the planet Mars at its closest".

Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, will be 57.6 million kilometres from Earth on Tuesday, the closest it has been since 2003 when it came within 55.7 million kilometres, which was the nearest in almost 60,000 years.

This phenomenon is expected to occur next in 2034.

As part of the space agency's $2.5 million Centennial Challenge, teams of designers, engineers, and architects from across the United States submitted designs for an astronaut habitat that could be 3D-printed and deployed to far-flung destinations like the Red Planet or the moon. The "red star" will be visible for much of the night. Add a telescope and you can see a detailed view of the planet's surface and its polar caps.

NASA has captured many images of the planet-wide dust storm that has been affecting Mars since June this year.

Glen Nagle, of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, told that Earth is now in "opposition", meaning Mars and the sun will be on precise opposite sides of our planet. The live stream can be found on the space agency's website, or NASA's YouTube channel from 1.30pm EST (around 11pm IST).

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