Griffith Observatory to Host Mars Close Approach Viewing

by Edgar Hayes August 3, 2018, 4:07
Griffith Observatory to Host Mars Close Approach Viewing

Since Mars is not as close to the Sun as Earth, scientists appraise a Carbon dioxide weight like Earth's aggregate environmental weight is expected to raise temperatures enough to take into consideration stable fluid water.

The Red Planet will be 57.6 million kilometers from the earth, offering the clearest and brightest views since 2003.

Transforming planets as a pre-cursor to colonisation is a staple of science fiction, and an aspiration for individuals including Elon Musk, whose company SpaceX uses images of terraforming Mars in its promotional material. Both were captured when Mars was near opposition, which occurs about every two years, when Earth's orbit catches up to Mars' orbit.

The study finds that even using all of the sources of carbon dioxide and water on Mars to thicken the atmosphere would only increase pressure to 7% of that on Earth, "far short of what is needed".

Earth's neighboring planet, Mars, is closer than it has been in the past 15 years, offering unusually bright views of the Red Planet's auburn hues.

The Hubble space telescope received the Saturn during opposition the planet Earth in June of this year, when conditions for observations were most favorable.

At that time it passed by at a distance of only 55.8 million kilometers, the closest it had come in 59,619 years.

The distance between the planets will be a record low.

To observe this planet will become possible with the naked eye. You can also look through a telescope. In the evening, half-an-hour after sunset, looking towards the sky opposite direction to sunset, one can spot planet Mars between East and South East direction.

Visually, Mars will be perceived as bright and large object. Mars will reach its highest point at around midnight - it will be around 35 degrees above the southern horizon or one-third of the distance between the overhead and horizon. The late-summer skies are filled with celestial gems and this August also brings us three great planets!

Mars will be visible in the night sky after sunset till sunrise from everywhere in India, provided the monsoon clouds don't play spoilsport.

As for novice astronomers who might be a little bummed they missed the 3:50 a.m. wake up call, NASA streamed Mars' close encounter with Earth live from the Griffith Observatory.


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