Mars at closest ever of Earth in 60,000 years

Mars at closest ever of Earth in 60,000 years
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The Hush Post: In a rare astronomical development, Red Planet Mars was at the closest ever distance to Earth on Tuesday night. This happened after 60,000 years. On Tuesday night Mars was at its closest approach to Earth in 15 years when the two planets were at a distance 57.6 million kilometres apart.

Before that, on July 27, the Red Planet was at opposition, meaning that the Sun and the Red Planet came opposite to each other, keeping the Earth in the middle, media reports said.

The Ministry of Earth Science said in a statement that Mars comes at opposition at an average interval of two years and two months when the planet comes close to the Earth and becomes brighter.

Last time Mars opposition had occurred in August 2003  and it brought the two planets closest distance in approximately 60,000 years.

On Tuesday, the closest approach made Mars brightest since 2003.

During opposition, Mars is especially photogenic because it can be seen fully illuminated by the Sun as viewed from Earth, it was reported.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that by mid-August, Mars will become fainter as Mars and Earth travel farther away from each other in their orbits around the Sun.

The next Mars close approach will be on October 6, 2020. Here is how to catch a glimpse of the celestial spectacle, the report said.

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