Rare Opportunity to Watch Mars Through Giant Telescope in Sri Lanka

Rare Opportunity to Watch Mars Through Giant Telescope in Sri Lanka

The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, in partnership with Steward Observatory and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, will be holding a "Mars Magnified" event for the public on July 31, from 8 p.m.to 2 a.m.

But also, "around the time of opposition, a planet is at its closest distance to Earth for a given year", the U.S. space agency explained. Mars will both be brighter and appear bigger than it has since 2003, when it was 34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers) away. The Red Planet will be just 57.6 million kilometers (35.8 million miles) away from Earth.

According to the researchers, if we managed to release all the Carbon dioxide from the planet's ice caps it would only increase the atmosphere to around 1.2 percent that of Earth.

NASA advice on Mars Earth approach.

To get a glimpse of Mars, look to the southeast and fairly low in the sky - roughly 15 to 25 degrees upward, depending on how far north or south you live in the United States. Whereas at midnight one can see it above his head, in the morning it can be spotted in West and South West Direction, Mr Kumar explained.

Get outside TONIGHT to see Mars as it approaches Earth closer than it has been in 15 years!

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Another close encounter like 2003´s will not happen until the year 2287.

We may never see the red planet so near for another 269 years. Mars has been appearing brighter than usual since July 27, but tonight is the planet's closest approach to Earth.

NASA has captured many images of the planet-wide dust storm that has been affecting Mars since June this year.

Aside from the gorgeous image of the entire planet, the space telescope also managed to capture six of Saturn's 62 known moons including Dione, Enceladus, Tethys, Janus, Epimetheus, and Mimas.

The next Mars close approach will be on 6 October 2020. On Mars, the pressure of the atmosphere is less than one percent of the pressure of Earth's atmosphere.

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. Earth takes roughly a year (or 365.25 days, to be exact) to complete a revolution around the sun, while Mars does it in 1.88 years (approximately 687 days).

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