Mars makes closest approach to Earth in 15 years this weekend

"Since Mars and the Sun appear on opposite sides of the sky, we say that Mars is in "opposition", NASA explained.

The two planets will be just 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers) apart next Tuesday. The closest it ever comes to Earth is 33.9 million miles.

It will be easy to spot Mars on Thursday night, not only because it will be shining brightly, but also because it will be sitting just below the almost full moon.

Due to the elliptical orbits taken by Earth and Mars around the sun they will to reach their closest point to each other until 3:50 a.m. EDT on July 31, according to space.com.

Then, on 31 July, the Mars close approach will happen, so this will be your best chance to take a look!

Mars will be at its brightest appearance since 2003 when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years.

"An opposition can occur anywhere along Mars" orbit.

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Starting Friday night, Mars will be at "opposition", which occurs when the Earth lies directly between Mars and the sun, making the sun and Mars appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth.

The cosmic coincidence which will see the 'God of War ' planet Mars shine in the sky during an eclipse has already got doomsday fans buzzing, but we're glad to report that it probably doesn't mean the apocalypse is nigh.

A massive dust storm is presently engulfing Mars, obscuring surface details normally visible through telescopes.

Mars will be visible to the naked eye for most of the night.

'Not quite as bright as Venus, but still because of the reddish, orange-ish-red colour, you really can't miss it in the sky'. In 1877, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli claimed to have seen canals on Mars, suggesting there could be possible civilization, or Martians, on the red planet. On Mars, they can happen anywhere, and in large areas, said NASA. This is when Mars should start to come into view from Earth.

A massive dust storm that has engulfed the planet will make viewing surface details more hard than it typically would be for those using a telescope, but the dust also reflects the sun's light better, making the planet appear all that much brighter.

The blood moon will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century and will occur just after 9pm United Kingdom time on Friday July 27. North America is the only continent on Earth from which the eclipse will not be visible.

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