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Mars closest to earth today after 15 years

Mars closest to earth today after 15 years

In reality, at Mars' closest approach, the moon still appeared 75 times larger than the Red Planet, while Mars appeared as an extremely bright, star-like object that was visible for much of the night. "It will be the brightest star in the night sky", Mr Nagle said.

As Mars will be in the nearest position to the Earth, people can get the view from sunset until sunrise. "Look to the south tonight to see the Red Planet shining bright". The Earth will have the Red Planet and the Sun on either side, with the three celestial bodies in a straight line.

The last time Mars was close to Earth was in 2003, when the red planet came within 34.6 million miles (55.7 million km) of our planet.

Both pictures were captured when the planets were near opposition - when they are lined up with the Sun and Earth and at their closest to Earth for a given year - thus appearing brightest in the sky.

Dreams of transforming Mars into a habitable long-term human colony are scientifically impossible with current technology, according to a NASA-sponsored study. NASA estimates it may not be until 2287 that Mars will better its distance of 15 years ago. It will be 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers) apart then, according to NASA.

Six of Saturn's 69 known moons are spotted in the recently released image by the Hubble Space Telescope
Mars closest to earth today after 15 years

Mars will be visible with a telescope or the naked eye by looking south, but it will not be as big as the moon as one urban legend says.

That represents the point in the red planet's orbit at which it comes closest to Earth.

A map of the sky that shows Mars and Saturn, as they can be seen from NY on July 31 at 11 pm.

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. The broadcast will continue till 4pm EST (1.30am IST on August 1).

This morning, like right now, Mars is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. Mars was only 35.8 million miles away from Earth.

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