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Mars Close Approach: How to view the celestial event

02 August 2018

Astronomers expect good viewing conditions of Mars throughout early August. Mars makes close approaches to earth every 15 or 17 years, but this is the first time since 2003 that the Red Planet is arriving this close, officials of KSSTM, which functions under the Education Department, said.

On the night of 31 July, Mars will be closest to the Earth in 15 years.

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

This proximity interprets that the Earth is in "opposition" with Mars - meaning that it is sitting directly between the Sun and the planet.

"It will look very big and bright in the night sky over the next four-five days".

NASA's tentative plans are to have a manned mission headed to Mars by sometime in the 2030s, but growing budget concerns and delays in the development of the spacecraft that are supposed to send astronauts to the red planet are making that timeline look more and more unrealistic.

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And we could probably put human beings on Mars in a couple of decades - they would just have to live in enclosed habitats and wear space suits while walking around outside.

This will be third and the last celestial treats - solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and brighter Mars - that were lined up in July. It will be 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers) apart then, according to NASA.

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Mars also has seasons, due in part to its 25-degree axial tilt, which is similar to Earth's 23.5-degree tilt. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. In 2003, Mars made its closest approach to Earth-34.6 million miles-in almost 60,000 years.

The designs were submitted to the U.S. space agency as part of its 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, launched in 2015 in a bid to create a sustainable living concept for the first inhabitants of the red planet. It will be shining brighter than Jupiter, which in general, shines as the brightest in the sky only after Venus.

The study finds that even using all of the sources of carbon dioxide and water on Mars to thicken the atmosphere would only increase pressure to 7% of that on Earth, "far short of what is needed".

Mars Close Approach: How to view the celestial event