The Red Planet reportedly would be at its closest distance to our Earth in the month of July and could be viewed appearing really brighter. The distance in between our Earth and the Mars would decrease over the next few weeks as the Earth would pass in between the Red Planet and our Sun. As a result of this flyby, the Red Planet would appear the immensely bright on 31st July morning.
This view was previously experienced in the year 2003 when the distance between Earth and Mars was just 34.9 million miles. However, according to the researchers, as of this year, the distance between the two planets would not be less than 35.8 million miles. Despite a greater distance this year, the astronomers with telescopes would still be able to catch a magnificent sight of the distinct features of Mars.
Astronomer Dean Regas at the Cincinnati Observatory said in a statement, “This Martian pass in July will be almost as good as the ultra-close opposition on 2003.” Further, Regas explained, “Mars will easily be visible to the naked eye. In fact, you will be hard pressed to miss it. It will look like a glowing orange beacon of light rising in the southeast after sunset. It’ll be much brighter than any star, brighter than Jupiter, nearly as bright as Venus. And you’ll see it every night for the next several months.”
The visibility of the Red Planet varies from one year to the other on the basis of the distance in between nearby planets. The distance in between our Earth and the Red Planet could differ hugely. They both might be comparatively closer in one year but in the other, they might be totally flung apart.
Although a detailed version of the Red Planet’s surface would be better visible to the people watching via a telescope, yet Mars itself could be observed with naked eye. People need to avoid light pollution in order to get a clearer view.
Mars would rise from the New York City’s vantage point on 30th July at around 8:25 p.m. It would reportedly set on 31st July at 5:18 a.m., which is the day when it would appear the brightest. The Red Planet would continue shining brightly all through the month of August.
In accordance to the received reports, the Red Planet would not come this close to our Earth anytime before 15th September 2035.