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NASA study says setting off bombs over Mars isn't the best idea

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Aidan Monaghan Matt Damon in The Martian Credit Aidan Monaghan
Grady Vargas | 02 August, 2018, 15:46

Now's the time to catch Mars in the night sky.

Astronomers expect good viewing conditions of Mars throughout early August.

"The Red Planet will be at its brightest since 2003, when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years since September, 24, 57617 BC", Dr Debiprosad Duari, director, Research & Academic, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research had said earlier this month.

Mars' closest approach to Earth since 2003 has given us especially detailed, up-close views of the Red Planet.

Mars can actually be over 200 million miles apart from Earth when its orbit brings it furthest away - so it's pretty close, really.

Called "Mars Madness", the presentation will cover the history of Martian exploration, explain why Mars is now so near to the Earth and touch on other visible planets. As Mars and the Sun appear opposite sides of the sky, we can call that Mars is in "opposition".

"Mars does not retain enough carbon dioxide that could practically be put back into the atmosphere" to terraform the planet, NASA said in a press release on the new study.

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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Mars Curiosity took to Twitter and wrote,"I feel so close to you right now". Mars wasn't as big as the moon in the night sky - not even close; that story is a hoax that somehow pops up every single year.

On July 31 Mars and Earth closer to the maximum.

Mars and Earth will be the closest together since August 2013, and Perth stargazers will have some of the best views on Earth. Mars will still be especially bright and close tonight, so make sure to look up! We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. According to estimates of NASA, similar phenomena will not take place again till the year 2287.

Although people viewing Mars from low latitudes and from the Southern Hemisphere will have the clearest view of the the Red Planet, Mars will be visible worldwide.

Starting today, Mars will also appear to shrink in size to observers due to the goring distance between Earth and the Red Planet.

The Red Planet will appear super bright with an orange-red tint making it almost impossible to miss in the nighttime sky.

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