Publicado: Vie, Julio 27, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Mars close approach: Get a look at the red planet

Mars close approach: Get a look at the red planet

NASA found out that the skies over Mars put up quite a show for at least half of the planet, but it's a show very hard to observe.

The event will be overseen by the associate professor Chuck Higgins, with other astronomers and students on hand to answer questions and guide the viewing. By mid-August, Mars will become fainter as the planet and Earth travel farther away from each other in their orbits around the Sun.

Of course, you will get the best look at the close approach through a telescope, but if you don't have one and you want to see the planet closer up, then it could be worth contacting your local planetarium or astronomy centre to see if they're holding any special events for it.

Every two years or so, the orbits of Mars and Earth around the sun form a straight line with the Earth in the middle - an event known as opposition. When it happens while the Red Planet is closest to the Sun (called "perihelic opposition'), Mars is particularly close to Earth", NASA said.

Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more - and appear bigger - as Tuesday nears.

If you've looked outside anytime after sunset recently, you've probably thought Mars looks a bit bigger than you remember it.

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It's an exciting few days for space watchers as Mars will be coming the closest it's been to Earth for 15 years.

Nasa has said that there is now a dust storm which is affecting the whole planet, so this may make seeing details on Mars a little more hard for astronomers.

Mars is shining at its brightest in years - look for the bright red "star" in the night sky - and will soon make its closest approach to Earth since 2003.

In 2003, Mars and Earth were at their closest in almost 60,000 years, coming within 34.6 million miles of each other. The planets aren't expected to be that close again until 2287, according to NASA. Experts advise taking long continuous views of Mars through your telescope - at least five to 10 minutes at a time - to give your eye a chance to adjust to the light level in the eyepiece.

This summer, opposition occurs July 27, or overnight Thursday into early Friday morning.

While the blood moon eclipse will not be visible from North America, it will visible across much of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, weather permitting.

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