Mars is now brighter and bigger than usual

21 June, 2018, 18:58 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Simulated images show what NASA's Opportunity rover saw as a global dust storm on Mars blotted out the sun in June 2018

Star gazers could have a good view of the Red Planet next month as Mars is set to come to the closest point to Earth since 2003 when it reaches opposition with the Sun in late July.

The planet looks bigger and brighter because she is now much closer to us than over the past 15 years.

However, Mars will look fainter by mid-August as the red planet and Earth will travel farther away from each other in their orbits around the Sun. The Weather Channel said Mars will appear the brightest to Earth stargazers on July 31, when the two planets are just 57.6 million kilometers apart.

"Mars will easily be visible to the naked eye", Regas promises.

In case you're wondering how a robot without a selfie stick can do this, it's actually been assembled by visual artist Sean Doran, from 100 separate NASA shots.

How large Mars appears in the sky to people on Earth depends on where the two neighboring planets are in their elliptical journey. "And you'll see it every night for the next several months".

Mars won't be this close again until September 15, 2035.

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The most massive dust storm on Mars ever observed to date, the same on which took out the NASA's Opportunity Rover, is now moving towards the side of the planet where the other Mars rover, NASA's Curiosity Rover, is studying the Red Planet.

Due to the nature of Earth and Mars' respective orbits, the distance between the two is remarkably inconsistent from year to year.

In the picture the device has captured the sand storm, which took place on the red planet close to him.

Nasa added: "During opposition, Mars and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth".

The reason that Mars will come so close to Earth can be explained by the particular characteristics of the planets' orbits. "Gravitational tugging by the other planets constantly changes the shape of our orbits a little bit".

Mars is just over half the diameter of Earth, 4,219 miles in comparison to Earth's 7,922 miles. Mars will be in triple the brightness on July 27th, 2018.

The rocks are billions of years old, according to NASA. It will appear at its brightest from July 27-30.

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