How to see Mars during its epic close encounter with Earth this week

Mars will appear big and bright in the sky in the coming days as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years. The Red Planet went into opposition last Friday, which means Mars and they were on exact opposite sides of Earth. We will get to see a total lunar eclipse called a blood moon, although bad weather spoiled the view for many British people.

Mars will shine bright and look bigger between now and Tuesday when it will come within 57.6 million kilometres of Earth. It is normally 250 million miles away from our planet. Astronomers say we should be able to see it throughout early August.

Internet rumours suggest that it could appear as big as the moon, which is clearly a load of tosh. ‘If that were true, we’d be in big trouble given the gravitational pulls on Earth, Mars, and our Moon,’ Nasa wrote.

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