Mars and the Earth will today come closer than they have for over a decade today. Mars wasn't as big as the moon in the night sky - not even close; that story is a hoax that somehow pops up every single year.
By mid-August, the planet will become fainter as Mars and Earth travel farther away from each other in their orbits around the sun.
When you look up at the night sky this weekend, don't be surprised to see a bright red addition to the usual collection of stars.
On July 31, Mars will be 35.8 million miles from Earth, the closest distance it has been to Earth in 15 years. We should be able to see Mars till September but it will appear smaller each passing day as it leaves the orbit closer to the Earth.
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Another close encounter like 2003´s will not happen until the year 2287.
The next close approach between two planets will be 62 million kilometres in 2020, as per NASA. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.
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"If Earth and Mars followed perfectly circular orbits, opposition would be as close as the two planets could get", NASA said on its website.
A massive dust storm presently engulfing Mars, however, is obscuring surface details normally visible through telescopes.
The best place to watch Mars in closest position to Earth is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means India is not in the best location for this celestial phenomenon.
NASA is also providing a live stream of the Mars sighting from the Griffith Observatory.
The next Mars Close Approach will occur on October 6, 2020.
The broadcast will last until 1.30am IST (9pm BST).
The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers), and is rarely achieved.