Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
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Mars will look 3 times larger in the sky tonight

Mars will look 3 times larger in the sky tonight

The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers) and is rarely achieved.

Astronomers around the world trained their telescopes on the sky on July 31, when the Red Planet was 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers) away.

The nearest point to Earth in Mars' elliptical orbit came at around 1100 GMT on Tuesday, NASA said. Nearly the entire surface of Mars, which will see the earthlings will be lit by the Sun, since the planet will reflect the sun's rays vividly.

Mars features a very thin atmosphere, which translates to men quickly dying from one of the following four causes: 1) lack of sufficient atmospheric pressure to prevent organs from rupturing out of the body, 2) suffocation from lack of oxygen 3) freeze from low temperatures, or 4) get fried from too much ultraviolet radiation.

According to EarthSky, since July7, Mars has been the brightest object in the night sky, after the moon and Venus, and will be, through September 7.

In the 1898 science fiction novel War of the Worlds, the invading Martian forces bring a red weed with them that begins to kill off Earth's plant life to make the planet habitable for the Martians.

Mars will be the bright reddish star below the moon, near the horizon. Mars will still be visible in the night sky for the next few months. "It won't be this close again until the year 2050, and it will appear bigger and brighter than usual because it's closer to earth", Culbertson said. As sunsets begin creeping up even earlier in late summer and early autumn, viewers will be able to see the planet higher in the evening sky.

Since the Earth and Mars align in opposition about every two years, "this is why most NASA missions to the Red Planet are at least two years apart, to take advantage of the closer distance".

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