This Friday Mars will reach the resistance. The red planet will align roughly with the earth and the sun in the sky. You can follow the incredible astronomical event live or online.
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Then Mars will reach its next point to Earth on Tuesday (July 31), when the surfaces of the two planets are only 35.7 million miles (57.5 million kilometers) apart, the article says. If you go outside, you can see Mars in southern Capricornus. The planet will remain light for a few weeks, and you can also see the planets Saturn, Jupiter and Venus in a "long arc across the sky from east to west" just after sunset, the magazine said. [How to Use Mobile Apps to Watch Mars’ Closest Approach Since 2003]
But if it rains in your neighborhood or you do not come to a dark place, you can always find the Mars opposition online. Viewers can watch a short webcast on Slooh today (July 26) at 10pm. EDT (0200 GMT) to marvel at Mars and hear from Paige Godfrey, a public relations physicist who also studied exoplanets and brown dwarfs (failed stars). The webcast is available on the Slooh members website and will also air on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.
"In recent weeks, Mars has been brighter than Jupiter, which is usually the second brightest planet in Europe, the night sky after Venus." Mars is about two times brighter than Jupiter this month and will remain so until early September, "said Slooh representative in a statement.
The Griffith Observatory outside of Los Angeles will also host a livestream of Mars' closest approach on its website, in conjunction with an on-site event, the webcast will be on Tuesday (July 31) from 1 pm EDT (10 pm PDT on July 30 or 5:00 PM on July 30 GMT) until 4:30 EDT (Tuesday 2:00 PDT or 1000 GMT).
There are also lots of parties in the planetariums or science museums of the world So, look in your Community Calendar to see if there is one in your community, here's a sample of all times listed below in the local time of the event, the view of Mars is of course weather dependent.
- As mentioned earlier Griffith will have a public viewing party starting at 10 pm PDT Monday (July 30) until 2:00 pm PDT Tuesday (July 31) The grounds will be open, but the building will be closed, telescopes will be on the lawn for the free public view be. There will also be food carts.
- Residents near Sarasota, Florida, can go to a Mars sightseeing party at Robinson Preserve, 10299 Ninth Ave. NW., Bradenton, on Friday (27th July) from 10am to midnight. The event is hosted by the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and will provide telescopes near the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration and Technology.
- The Hallstrom Planetarium at Fort Pierce, Florida, has several nights of observing Mars between July 23 and July 31, with telescopes from 8 pm to 10 am
- The New York State University in Oswego plans to leave at 11 am a public Mars Lookout. until 2 o'clock in the morning between July 24th and July 31st at Rice Creek Field Station. You can also see Jupiter and Saturn through the included telescopes.
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