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Mars’ Closest Approach To Earth July 31 – Red Planet at Its Biggest and Brightest in 15 Years



On July 30-31, 2018, the red planet Mars comes closer to Earth than it has since its historically close approach in 2003. That 2003 close approach of Mars was the closest in some 60,000 years, and Mars is now only slightly farther away from Earth now than it was then.

Although Mars reached opposition a few days ago, its minimum distance from Earth will occur on Thursday, July 31, when it will be 0.385 astronomical units (35.79 million miles or 57.6 million km) from Earth. It won’t be this close again until 2035. During the evenings around opposition and closest approach, even modest telescopes can expect to show Mars’ southern polar cap and large-scale surface patterns, unless dust storms hide the surface. Owners of larger telescopes should try for additional surface details and Mars’ two small moons Phobos and Deimos.

Mars comes closest to Earth about every two years. Earth takes a year to orbit the sun, and Mars takes about two years. So we go between the sun and Mars – bringing Mars closest to us for that two-year period – that often. Mars is especially close now because its perihelion or closest point to the sun is coming up on September 16, 2018. If it’s closer to the sun around the time we pass between it and the sun, it’s closer than usual to us. Astronomers call this a perihelic opposition of Mars, and the last one was in 2003.

Hubble Sees Summer Storms on Mars and Saturn
This summer, Hubble has been busy watching out-of-this-world weather — a blustery dust storm on Mars and churning clouds on Saturn.

For almost three decades Hubble has shown us the wonders of our own solar system — from Mars, Jupiter and Saturn to Uranus and Neptune. Hubble’s Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) program makes long-term observations of the outer planets to understand their atmospheric dynamics and evolution as gas giants.

Clips, images credit: Hubble Space Telescope, NASA/JPL, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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  1. This vid actually shows Mars on an orbet further out inspace than Earth!it's the closest to the sun ,and we should never see it at night

  2. That moment when suddenly you forget about the video , and scroll in the description to see about the background music👊

  3. We have a base on Mars they know Mars was coming close to Earth so they used Harp dust storm to cover the planet so no good telescopes can see the base

  4. 【Sir, I have a Confusion.. Clear my dowt… Earth distance from Mars…And how much was on July 31, 2018…Answer me in the comment box sir ji plz…? {(baakee dinon mein kitanee dooree rahatee hai) 31 July…. ?…..How so much distance from the Terra (Earth) to mars is about……(57.6 July 31 closest approach…that day…having had… .?)….{54.6..baakee dinon mein (Stays)or kitanee rahatee hai} hamesha….?.. million kilometers…? 31 julaee ko hamaare paas kaise hua mangal grah se.. uski actual doori 54.6 NASA ki report mein hai ..Always lives so in normal days..54.6 …This is the report of NASA organization…?…On July 31, it was so far away from Earth from Mars..57.6 …】Explain me at full detail and making videos…………😢..? Plz..Please explain to me that such doubts will be generated throughout my life…I will tell someone rightly so I will be very grateful…? ……..Missed seeing Mars Close Approach in 2018? Not to worry! The next Mars Close Approach is Oct. 6, 2020, when the Red Planet will be only 38.6 million miles (62.07 million kilometers) from Earth……{The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers)} Yeh Kya Hai Sab….? Good information in video..sir ji. thanks..😊

  5. Why I cannot see at my locations? If the earth move around , example the USA and Laos kingdom are opposites(Thailand are stolen and murder)

  6. LOL Nemesis maturity what a gas! The bible tells us the earth and its inhabitants will be here for a long time, everytime one of you nibiru nuts tries to claim the bible says nibiru is real I laugh! The bible speaks of wormwood and its NOT a planet but an asteroid that hits the oceans and kills 1/3 of the sea creatures and poisons the water, however its not THAT bad well it is bad because a third of the people die a third of the earth is burned up and such so its bad but after that Christ sets up his reign for a thousand years on the throne of david so in closing the best place you can be is in right standing with God. Period! Those of you who fear this probably know your going to get it!

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