Do you want to get a good look at Mars? Well now is the time to catch the Red Planet as it makes its closest approach to Earth in the past eleven years.
Every 26 months in an event called an opposition by astronomers – Mars and the Sun happen to be on opposite sides of the Earth. The latest opposition took place on 5/22/16.
According to NASA, Mars started to appear at its brightest on May 18th and will continue until June 3rd.
The people who operate the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took advantage of this special arrangement and captured a new image of the Red Planet on May 12th.
May 30th is when the two planets are at its closest point since early April 2014.
That’s when Mars will be about 75 million km from Earth.
Since the planet’s orbits are affected by different factors, the distance between planets during opposition may vary.
In August, 2003 Mars was even closer at almost 56 million km from Earth. This was the Red Planet’s, closest approach in 60,000 years.
If you miss this close approach of Mars, you’ll have to wait until July of 2018.