Mars will look 3 times larger in the sky tonight. If you look up at the sky tonight, you may notice that Mars appears much bigger and brighter than usual.
According to a report from NASA, Mars will look 3 times larger as the planet’s orbit brings it closer to Earth than it’s been in 17 years.
The agency added that the red plant won’t be this close to Earth again until September 2035. The best view of Mars will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere as it sits at a relatively short distance of 35.8 million miles away. Mars will look 3 times larger in the sky tonight
The record for the closest Mars ever got to Earth was set in 2003, when the red planet was only 34.6 million miles away.
This past month has featured a astrological occurrence known as “perihelic opposition,” where Mars, Earth, and the sun all align. According to NASA, this alignment happens every two years or so.
As we reported last week, the moon turned a blood red color during the longest lunar eclipse of the century.Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, being larger than only Mercury. In English, Mars carries the name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the “Red Planet”. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars’s surface
By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer