Mars to come closest to earth in 15 years

Simulated images show what NASA's Opportunity rover saw as a global dust storm on Mars blotted out the sun in June 2018

Simulated images show what NASA's Opportunity rover saw as a global dust storm on Mars blotted out the sun in June 2018

Mars will get to be the "morning star" because it will be the brightest thing in the sky as the sun begins to rise, The Weather Channel reported.

In the days before Mars Close Approach, between July 27 and 30, the planet will be in opposition with the Sun and will look around three times brighter in our sky than it normally does. As per one space enthusiast, said on Twitter that this marks the approach of the red planet to Earth as close and it has happened after the August 27th, 2003, the time in which the Mars has made the closet approach to the Earth in about 60,000 years.

In case you're wondering how a robot without a selfie stick can do this, it's actually been assembled by visual artist Sean Doran, from 100 separate NASA shots.

But while Mars may look bright and attractive from your backyard, the reality on the planet is much less friendly.

This means that Earth makes two trips around the Sun in about the same time it takes for Mars to make one trip. "Only Venus is a brighter star-like object (and it will be visible in the western sky at the same time)".

The reason for this is a phenomenon called perihelic opposition.

Due to the nature of Earth and Mars' respective orbits, the distance between the two is remarkably inconsistent from year to year.

If the planets had perfectly stable orbits, then a perihelic opposition would bring the planets as close as they could possibly come to each other.

NASA says, 'If the rover's computer determines that its batteries don't have enough charge, it will again put itself back to sleep. This is the shortest Earth-Mars distance since 2003. "The paths the planets take around the sun are slightly tilted with respect to each other".

Why The Minimum Distance Between Mars And Earth Keeps Changing?

This event which will be occurring is known as Perihelic opposition, and in this, the Earth and Mars will be aligned and bring the two planets close to each other.

So where are the best places to see Mars next month? Mars will be in triple the brightness on July 27th, 2018. You can see this selfie in the image at the beginning of the article.

The rocks are billions of years old, according to NASA. "It will slowly get dimmer as the Earth moves away from it, but still it [will] shine brightly".

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