The planet Mars, fourth in order of distance to the sun, made headlines last weekby the existence of lakes of salty liquid water under his pole hisr. This week it is also because the red planet is 62.1 million kilometers from Earth, a perfect distance to be seen with or without a telescope.
Mars, the so-called little brother of the Earth is currently located right at the north of the celestial equator, 62.1 million kilometers from the blue planet, the closest position in the next 15 years.
Also, being in a region of the night sky with very few stars, it will be easy to observe since it will be bright and large.
He Tuesday 6th It will be the day when the Earth will be closest to the celestial body.
The closest will be when the Earth is farther from the Sun (aphelion) and Mars is closer to the great star (perihelion). At this point, the two will be separated by a minimum of 54.6 million kilometers (33.9 million miles).
On the other hand, the October 13 Earth is predicted to pass between Mars and the Sun, so the red planet will appear in a position completely opposite to that of the Sun.
The closest approximation
The closest approximation ever recorded was at 2003 when Earth and Mars were 55.7 million kilometers apart. Two years ago, in 2018 it was pretty close too, with only 57.6 million kilometers between them.
As reportedScience Alert planet Earth is moving further away from its neighbor, and it will not be until 2029 when they approach again, being in 2035 that Mars will be at a distance of 56.9 million kilometers.