Mars to come closest to Earth in 15 years

An illustration of Mars against the blackness of space

An illustration of Mars against the blackness of space

This also coincides with Mars being in "opposition," which is when the Red Planet and the Sun appear on opposite sides of the Earth, according to NASA.

Mars will be the closest to Earth that it's been in 15 years this July because of the orbits aligning in a phenomenon called perihelic opposition.

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

The next time this will happen is on October 6th, 2020, where the distance between the Earth and Mars will be 38.6 million miles away. Opposition happens when Earth passes between Mars and the Sun.

It seems that sometimes, the two planets are opposite to the side of the sun and they are far away, and sometimes Earth catches up with the neighbor and can pass it to close to it.

"Mars will be visible to the naked eye", he said. This will happen because the planet will get really close to Earth and it is the first time it reaches this distance ever since 2003.

Here's what Nasa said about Mars going into opposition: 'Like all the planets in our solar system, Earth and Mars orbit the sun.

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Dean Regas, an astronomer at the Cincinatti Observatory, told Mother Nature Network that this year's event would be nearly as good as that viewing. It will look like a glowing orange beacon of light rising in the southeast after sunset.

Ms Byrd added: "Bottom line: Mars alternates years in appearing bright and faint in our night sky". It'll be much brighter than any star, brighter than Jupiter, almost as bright as Venus.

An illustration of Mars and Earth in opposition.

Mars is just over half the diameter of Earth, 4,219 miles in comparison to Earth's 7,922 miles. When they're at opposite ends of their orbits, the two planets can be impossibly far apart.

Additionally, other factors contribute to the changes as well. While a telescope certainly helps, you won't need it soon considering how bright Mars will get.

Next month, you have a unique opportunity to go outside and see the planet, Mars. It is expected to be brightest in the hours before sunrise of Tuesday, July 31.

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