Watch Mars Come To Earth's Closest Ever In 60,000 Years Tonight

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"The next similar close approach won't happen until September 11, 2035, when Mars will be 35.4 million miles away".

Even though some water may have been discovered there, Mars has less than 1% of the atmospheric pressure of that on Earth. At the time, Mars and Earth will be 38.6 million miles (62.1 million km) apart. The Earth will have the Red Planet and the Sun on either side, with the three celestial bodies in a straight line. NASA said that the planets won't be rubbing shoulders that closely again until 2287.

This year's close approach is not a record-breaker.

You can see Mars tonight by looking to the southwestern sky.

For about two months between July 7 and September 7, Mars will glow even brighter, outshining Jupiter and earning the title of the fourth-brightest object in Earth's sky after Venus, the moon, and the sun. The dust storm will engulf the surface of Mars and will be visilble mormally through a telescope. Saturn will also be visible, as shown in the map below. But it must be noted that Mars closest to the Earth does not mean it will be at its brightest too.

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Mars which is already brighter than usual, will shine even more and will appear to be bigger on Tuesday. Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles will be hosting a live stream of the event. In the video, you can see telescopic imagery of the Red Planet, conversations between scientists as they observe the night sky, and guest appearances by a number of people, including "Star Trek: Voyager" actor Tim Russ, and former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

"Not quite as bright as Venus, but still because of the reddish, orange-ish-red colour, you really can't miss it in the sky". So, all the space enthusiasts, who are keen to watch this phenomenon, you need not worry.

A very thin atmosphere still exists around the planet, but it's less than one percent as dense as ours on Earth.

There is presently a planet-wide dust storm on Mars, a phenomenon that is said to occur when the planet is closest to the sun in its orbit.

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