Mars At Its Closest Approach To Earth

Last night, Mars was at its closest approach to Earth with a distance of onlyย 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers), this year. In August 2003 the two planets were just slightly little closer with a distance ofย 34.6 million miles (55.6 million kilometers). The next time, when the Red Planet is closest to Planet Earth will be in the year 2035.

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Tonight, I’ve got a good view of Mars on my street. At 10:00 PM CDT it is clearly visible in the southeastern sky.ย  (08-01-2018)

Luna & The Planets

Since last weekend, I keep an eye on the Moon, Mars and Jupiter. Last Sunday, the two planets almost “touched” each other, they were so close from our view on Earth. The view distance was less than half of the Moon diameter.ย  This morning, the Moon was in a perfect position to capture a photo of all three celestial objects.

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Luna, the Red Planet, and the Gas Giant danced together in today’s morning sky.

I always shrink my pictures to a medium size. Therefore you really can’t see Mars in this photo. For a better photo view, you might like to check out my link on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38735737935/in/album-72157686994312444/