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Today Mars Will Come Maximally Close to Earth

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Today, citizens of Earth will become witnesses to an unusual cosmic phenomenon - Mars will be in record breaking proximity to our planet.

The red planet will be 57 million miles (92 million km) from Earth, which means that a little before sunset, Mars will be visible from our own planet throughout almost the entire night.

According to experts from NASA, the red planet will be visible in a bright orange color and will be 10 times brighter than the stars in the sky.

The last time a similar phenomenon was observed was on August 27th, 2011, when Mars came at a distance from Earth, as had not been registered in 60 000 years.

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The next phenomenal proximity of the red planet will be on August 29th, 2287.

Last Tuesday, inhabitants of Earth bore witness to another rare cosmic occurrence. Then, Mars, Earth and the Sun became aligned.

Such an event happens once every 778 days, the reason for it being our planet's quicker orbit around the Sun. The Earth completes a full orbit around the Sun in 365 days and 6 hours, while Mars takes 687 days to complete its.

Photo of Mars

In the 16th century, Johannes Kepler discovered that the planets followed specific orbits around the Sun. Venus and Earth are the ones that travel in almost perfect circles, while other planets, such as Mars and Mercury have an elliptical orbit around the star.

Not long ago, NASA collaborator Aleksei Loktev made a shocking announcement when he proclaimed that the space administration had pictures of Mars in which an unexplainable light source was visible.

"I was looking at NASA photos, taken by instruments on Mars and found a ray of light in one of them. The picture is black and white and the ray is very clearly visible, " said Loktev.

So far, NASA has not given an official statement pertaining to the phenomenal picture, which appeared in the public eye.

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