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Mars seems big and bright this weekend – so you see



It's a great time to be a star gazer.

The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21

st century will take place this week, on Thursday, June 26, through Friday, June 27. At that time, this month's full moon – also known as the Bloodbuck Moon – will pass through the center of the Earth's shadow. If so, the moon will turn orange in color, as the Super Blue Blood Moon did in January. However, this solar eclipse will last for a very long time: one hour and 43 minutes.

Sadly, if you live in the northern hemisphere you will miss the lunar eclipse because it will take place during our daylight hours. But do not be afraid, because the stars above still have a special event planned just for you.

On Tuesday, July 31, according to NASA, NASA will come closest to Earth in 15 years. At that time, the planet will only be 35.8 million miles away, which means it will pursue its next approach since 2003. At that time, he came to 34.6 million miles of earth and marked his closest approach in 60,000 years.

As the Space Agency further explained, the red planet will be the brightest from July 27th to July 30th, which means you'll probably just go outside, look up, and take a great look at our neighbor planet with the naked eye can.

"It's great, it's as bright as a plane landing light," said Harry Augensen, astronomer at Widener University, to the Associated Press. "Not quite as bright as Venus, but still because of the reddish, orange-red color, you really can not miss it in the sky."

Of course, those who look at Mars through a telescope will get better views. However, it may not be completely rewarding. As the weather channel reported, a massive dust storm has devoured much of the planet, which means that looking at many fine details of its surface will be extremely difficult.

If for some reason you do not see the planet this weekend, do not be afraid, until well into August it will be bright in the night sky. And if you still miss it, that's okay too, because by 2020, Earth will be an incredibly tight pass when it's only 38.6 million miles away.


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