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. At the close approach, the red planet will be brighter than all the stars in the night sky and therefore you will never miss this reddish colour planet as a naked eye bright object in the eastern sky after the sun set. In fact, on July 31, Mars will be at its absolute closest to earth, at just under 36.8 million miles.
The local stargazers are invited for a camp to witness the Red Planet from 7 pm to 10 pm tonight at the Colombo Campus grounds.
Mars will appear unusually bright, close and big next week. But, there will be another Mars close encounter in October 2020 when the distance between Mars and Earth will be 38.6 million miles.
It is believed that Mars can predict global military disasters on Earth.
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. We are talking about a distance of 57.6 million kilometers. The atmospheric pressure on Mars is less than one percent that of Earth's, which is likely what would be needed to raise temperatures enough for stable liquid water.
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The distance between the planets will be a record low.
If you're fortunate enough to spot the red planet through a telescope, you may be able to see the planet-wide dust storm that's been raging since June. From July 27th-30th, the point in Mars' orbit will come closest to Earth, and will be closest to Earth before sunrise Eastern Time on July 31st. You can also look through a telescope.
When the Sun, Eart and Mars are lined up, with Earth sitting in between, a phenomenon called "opposition" is in effect, giving the brightest view of Mars.
Mars will be visible in the night sky after sunset till sunrise from everywhere in India, provided the monsoon clouds don't play spoilsport. 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.
Astronomical event was broadcast by NASA from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.