In a new development, it is good news for the stargazers who can see the Mars in the night sky, and it will occur in some few weeks, as per NASA. NASA said in a statement that the red planet would be coming close to the Earth in 15 years.
This event which will be occurring is known as Perihelic opposition, and in this, the Earth and Mars will be aligned and bring the two planets close to each other. Mars will be brightest on July 31, and it will be around 35.8 million away from the Earth. The red planet will be visible to the naked eye from July. This usually happens in every two years, and the previous occurrence happened in the year 2016. This year occurrence is said to be special as it will be in the closet point to the sun in orbit and this is called as perihelion.
The occurrence of the Perihelic opposition usually happens in every 15 to 17 years, and it happened when it was aligned with the two planets close to each other.
It seems that sometimes, the two planets are opposite to the side of the sun and they are far away, and sometimes Earth catches up with the neighbor and can pass it to close to it. As per one space enthusiast, said on Twitter that this marks the approach of the red planet to Earth as close and it has happened after the August 27th, 2003, the time in which the Mars has made the closet approach to the Earth in about 60,000 years. Mars will be in triple the brightness on July 27th, 2018.
The orbit of the Mars is said to be elliptical than Earth’s, and there is a huge difference between the perihelion and aphelion. In past centuries, it has become elongated for the past centuries, and it brings the red planet close to the sun, and it is in perihelion, and they will be further away at aphelion.