Griffith Observatory to Host Mars Close Approach Viewing

Griffith Observatory to Host Mars Close Approach Viewing

Griffith Observatory to Host Mars Close Approach Viewing

Don't forget to look up and catch a glimple of a brighter Mars tonight as the Red Planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Tuesday.

Mars will come even closer to Earth on September 11th, 2035. If Earth and Mars are to follow perfectly circular orbits, the opposition would get close to each other as the two planets could get. Because of the close proximity, the planet also appears brightest in the sky. At this point, the ringed planet was 1.4 billion kilometers (870 million miles) away from Earth and its spectacular rings are almost at maximum tilt toward the planet, offering a breathtaking angle of Saturn to photograph. Since Mars is not as close to the Sun as Earth, scientists appraise a Carbon dioxide weight like Earth's aggregate environmental weight is expected to raise temperatures enough to take into consideration stable fluid water. The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles and does not happen very often.

It is believed that Mars can predict global military disasters on Earth.

The distance between the planets will be a record low.

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The Red Planet will appear super bright with an orange-red tint making it almost impossible to miss in the nighttime sky. It can be seen by the naked eye, but try looking with a good set of binoculars if you don't have a telescope handy.

Terraforming - that is, making an inhospitable planet comfortable enough that humans could settle on it without living in domes - is a concept that was popularized long ago by science fiction and while we might some day have a system for turning planets like Mars into more Earth-like homes for humanity, that's still a long ways off. Mars will still be easy to spot and just as bright for several weeks into August.

Mars reaches its highest point in the sky around midnight, approximately 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one-third of the distance between the horizon and overhead. The late-summer skies are filled with celestial gems and this August also brings us three great planets!

As for novice astronomers who might be a little bummed they missed the 3:50 a.m. wake up call, NASA streamed Mars' close encounter with Earth live from the Griffith Observatory.

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