Attention Stargazers ~ Mars Will Look Huge May 30
Mars will be closer to the Earth on Monday then it has been in 11 years. What does that mean for us?
Mars will appear bigger and brighter than ever on Monday, May 30 - Friday, June 3. NASA says this is the point in Mars' orbit when it comes closest to Earth. Mars will be at a distance of 46.8 million miles (75.3 million kilometers). Mars reaches its highest point around midnight -- about 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one-third of the distance between the horizon and overhead.
No telescope needed to see Mars as it comes closer. Just look up to the southeastern sky, and Mars will be the brightest reddish 'star' we see.
By mid-June, Mars will become fainter as Mars and Earth travel farther away from each other in their orbits around the Sun. The next Mars Close Approach is July 31, 2018.
Send us your pictures of Mars. Maybe we'll feature them.