Mars will look better than ever this week

Mars will shine the brightest it has since 2003 this week - how to see the  red planet - Mirror Online

This week will be the time when Mars is as close to Earth as it is in the next 15 years, a unique opportunity to enjoy it.

Mars, the so-called red planet, can be seen better than ever and those who enjoy a polluted sky will be able to distinguish it thanks to the coincidence of different circumstances. This is a great opportunity that won't happen again until 2035, so anyone who wants to take advantage of an astronomical event will now have the opportunity.

Claiming that Mars will only be 62.1 million kilometres from us can be strange, but it is one of the closest points where it can be found and makes it possible to see it at some times without the need for a telescope, as long as it is known where to look.

Also, it is currently located north of the celestial equator, which means that it can be observed from both hemispheres. In our case, the best time to look for it in the sky is the sunset and you will have to look southeast, according to The Guardian.

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We'll have some luck because it also stands out that it's in a region of the night sky without too many stars insight. But if you are looking for a moment to see it, it is best to be tomorrow night, October 6th, which will be the day you will be closest.

This event occurs when it coincides that the Earth is at the furthest point to the Sun, aphelion, while Mars is in the nearest, perihelion. A unique moment in their orbits. It is the closest moment we have encountered in recent times, although not as close as it did in 2003 when the planets were only 55.7 million kilometres away.

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These days of closeness have not been used for sending missions with humans to Mars, but who knows if in 15 years, the next time you are also at a short distance, we may already have a mission planned to reach the red planet. In any case, we have the opportunity to look for it the next few nights in our skies and check as rarely its known red colour.

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