Mars to reach closest point to Earth since 2003

Mars is now the closest to Earth than it has been in 15 years

Mars Close Approach: How to view the celestial event

If you're fortunate enough to spot the red planet through a telescope, you may be able to see the planet-wide dust storm that's been raging since June.

The telescope viewing is free, while the "Mars Madness" presentation and shows are $5 each, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mars gets closest to Earth; date and time, how to watch, what to expect: Mars will be at its closest distance to the Earth during an Opposition phase, a phenomenon that occurs about once in every 15 years.

'If that were true, we'd be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our Moon, ' Nasa wrote.

The project has been built on the NASA-backed virtual reality simulation game Mars 2030 which gives people a 3D Martian experience without having to travel 55 million kilometres to get there.

You can see Mars tonight by looking to the southwestern sky. It's like a star, but it's a planet.

If you missed it, don't believe any insane stories you may hear about its apparent size.

Perth and Hobart are forecast to have thick cloud and showers.

This closeness offers unusually bright views of the Red Planet´s auburn hues. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

Mars is now the closest to Earth than it has been in 15 years

Even if that's the case, the observatory at Western will remain open for presentations about Mars.

Early this morning, Mars made its closest approach to Earth since 2003 - but if you missed it, the Red Planet is still a magnificent sight to see in the night sky. Chandana Jayaratne, Director of Astronomy and Space Science Unit in University of Colombo.

Compared to Year 2018, it will take another 17 Years for Mars to match this year's record in September 2035.

But a real long-term habitat on Mars is probably a long way off, she admits, saying the project highlighted the many problems of settling on the red planet.

"It's a process where we do one step at a time".

Transforming the inhospitable Martian environment into a place astronauts could explore without life support is not possible without technology well beyond today's capabilities, researchers said.

"Our results suggest that there is not enough Carbon dioxide remaining on Mars to provide significant greenhouse warming were the gas to be put into the atmosphere", said Dr Jakobsky from the University of Colorado and the lead author of the study, which was published in Nature Astronomy. This situation is called the great confrontation of the planets.

Cami said it will measure the vital signs of Mars, including the seismology and temperature, to figure out its structure and composition.

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