Why Mars looks brighter in the night sky

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Mars is now the closest to Earth than it has been in 15 years

The position of Mars as opposed to the earth in end-July is such that the fourth planet is only 5.7 crore kilometres from earth at its nearest approach.

"The next similar close approach won't happen until September 11, 2035, when Mars will be 35.4 million miles away".

It means the Red Planet will appear super bright, and with its orange-red color, will be hard to miss in the nighttime sky.

Mars will be closest to Earth on Tuesday, a phenomenon that occurs once in every 15 years.

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But, when and where can I see it?

The moment of closest approach will be 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. Using the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN), NASA was able to get a better understanding of what that atmosphere looks like.

Mars gets closest to Earth on July 31: What is Mars' opposition? As Mars and the Sun appear opposite sides of the sky, we can call that Mars is in "opposition".

However, according to scientists from University of Colorado, Boulder in the US, Mars does not retain enough carbon dioxide that could practically be put back into the atmosphere to warm the planet.

Luckily, you can see Mars easily with the naked eye.

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While Mars is getting all the headlines in August, Jupiter and Saturn are also fantastic telescope targets, with Jupiter's moons and Saturn's ring system.

NASA estimates the 2003 "opposition" was the closest approach by Mars in nearly 60,000 years.

Large telescopes in the University of Colombo will be open to the General Public on 31st July 2018 to watch Planet Mars as well as the most lovely planet Saturn till 10.00 p.m. Mars will still be visible in the night sky for the next few months.

Mars is particularly close to the Earth now because the two planets' orbits are roughly in the same point in their orbit around the sun.

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Observatories across the U.S. are hosting viewing events today to mark the occasion. Meanwhile, the planet's next close approach will be 38.6 million miles which will take place in 2020. Nope. In 2003, Mars was 34.6 million miles from Earth and the closest it had been in almost 60,000 years. So, while it won't remain this bright in the night sky for long, it will be brilliant long enough for everyone to take a look.

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