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Mars Will Be At Its Closest to Earth Since 2003


Correction: A previous version of this article said "Tonight You'll Be Able To See Mars With The Naked Eye For The First Time In 15 Years". In fact Mars will appear brightest from July 27 to July 30. To see it simply go outside and look up, contact your local planetarium, or look for a star party near you.

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The universe is truly a magical place.

While we may not know everything there is to know about all that resides beyond our planet, at least we can enjoy the sights it has to offer.

Just this month, people around the world were able to experience the rarest blood moon of the century.

When the Earth's moon is in full eclipse, it gives off a striking red color in the sky. What was special about this blood moon is that it was the longest lunar eclipse in a century.

And today, which is the last day in the month of July, we're going to see another spectacle in the night sky!

Do you remember the last time you looked in the sky and were able to spot Mars?

If it feels like a long time ago, you're not wrong.

It's been 15 years since we were able to get a good look at the Red Planet with the naked eye.

Tonight, Mars will be super close to Earth again (35.8 million miles to be exact), so you don't want to miss it!

The event known as “Mars Close Approach” can be seen approximately 35 degrees over the southern horizon, according to Nasa.

It won't be this close again until 2035! And the good news is that Mars will continue to appear bright in the sky until the middle of August.

While the Southern Hemisphere is going to get a better look at our neighboring planet, it doesn't mean that people living in the North can't spot Mars.

Mars won't be the only spectacle in the sky

Saturn and Jupiter are also said to appear very bright in the night sky, particularly around midnight.

Experts say that there's a good chance you can see Mars' southern polar cap, even with a regular telescope, unless the planet is experiencing a dust storm.

Did you say polar ice cap?

On July 25, scientists confirmed that there's liquid water on mars, putting the decades-long debate to rest. To read more on the story, click here!

[H/T: NDTV / USA Today]

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