Sunday, 19 August, 2018


Nobody Is Terraforming Mars Anytime Soon, NASA Says

Look east into the sky and you’ll see a very bright “star” – the Red Planet Look east into the sky and you’ll see a very bright “star” – the Red Planet
Kristine Garrett | 01 August, 2018, 17:21

Mars, the fourth planet of the solar system, orbits the Sun at a greater distance than our planet.

As for novice astronomers who might be a little bummed they missed the 3:50 a.m. wake up call, NASA streamed Mars' close encounter with Earth live from the Griffith Observatory.

Mars' closest approach to Earth is July 31, 2018.

The event known as "Mars Close Approach" represents the point in the red planet's orbit at which it comes closest to Earth.

"In fact, we now believe that early Mars was a lot like Earth".

According to the researchers, if we managed to release all the Carbon dioxide from the planet's ice caps it would only increase the atmosphere to around 1.2 percent that of Earth.

Following the approach of Mars to Earth is expected in October 2020.

Mars latest images
Mars latest images

Mars will actually be at its closest point to the Earth at around 9am tomorrow morning, but that doesn't mean it'll be easier to spot. The last time the red planet was less than 60 million kilometers away was in 2003.

Just 13 days before Mars came into opposition, scientists trained the telescope toward it to take a snapshot of the Red Planet.

Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in the last 15 years early Tuesday morning - making it appear brighter and larger than usual.

To get a glimpse of Mars, look to the southeast and fairly low in the sky - roughly 15 to 25 degrees upward, depending on how far north or south you live in the United States.

Since the Earth and Mars align in opposition about every two years, "this is why most NASA missions to the Red Planet are at least two years apart - to take advantage of the closer distance". Just using the deposits near the surface would require extensive strip mining, and going after all the Carbon dioxide attached to dust particles would require strip mining the entire planet to a depth of around 100 yards.

Mars will be visible in the night sky after sunset till sunrise from everywhere in India, provided the monsoon clouds don't play spoilsport.

This won't happen again until 2287, Nasa has predicted. Generally, the minimum distance from Mars to Earth is 55.7 million km whereas maximum distance planet Mars can be away from Earth is 401.3 Million Km.

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