Mars Will Be The Closest To Earth In 15 Years

'Opposition' to bring Mars closest to Earth Friday

"We had to come up with a new operating mode to bypass some onboard processing and trigger a higher sampling rate and thus improve the resolution of the footprint of our dataset: now we see things that simply were not possible before".

Mars's orbit is longer than Earth's, meaning it has further to travel to loop around the sun. However, our closest neighbor was pretty close to us for Hubble to take some astonishing pics with Mars and its two moons, Phobos and Deimos. The sun, Earth and Mars directly align in what scientists call "Mars opposition" beginning Friday, with the red planet being the closest it's been in 15 years on Tuesday.

Astronomers are excited as they will have their closest view of the planet since 2003.

The radar investigation shows that south polar region of Mars is made of many layers of ice and dust down to a depth of about 1.5 km in the 200 km-wide area analysed in this study.

Anyone interested in seeing the lunar eclipse can watch it online at Virtual Telescope.

Starting Friday and continuing through the weekend, Mars will appear much bigger and brighter than normal. The app also has a "Sky View" feature that allows you to look at the stars, constellations and planets in real time when you point your device at the sky.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of global cooperation between NASA and ESA (European Space Agency).

The good news is Mars is easily visible from CT.

"Depending on how pervasive this is, it could really change the whole game of how we're thinking about Mars", Robinson said.

Even then, with the planets at their closest, the journey will still take about seven months.

However, some of the planetary detail on Mars won't be seen as clearly. All four planets are unique and lovely in their own ways.

On Friday night, Mars will be below and to the right of our full moon.

When will this happen again?

Mars will be visible in the sky in the coming days as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. This was the closest the two planets had come to each other in nearly 60,000 years, and this record will not be broken until August 28, 2287. Relatively close approaches occur every couple years, but the approach this year is the closest since 2003.

Now, some lawmakers are anxious to put manned Mars missions on NASA's calendar, and a close approach could be more than just efficient - it could be the only way to get astronauts there or back safely.

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