Mars will make its closest approach to earth in 17 years TONIGHT


Mars will shine brighter than it has for the last 17 years as it makes a close pass to Earth.

It will be 38.6 million miles away but that is the closest it has been since 2003 meaning it will appear brighter in the sky.

This amazing event wont happen again until 2035, so if you can head outside and see if you can see it.


NASA said: “This lineup happens about every two years. During this opposition, Mars and Earth are closest to each other in their orbits. That means Mars is at its brightest, so go out and take a look!

“When Mars and Earth are close to each other, Mars appears very bright in our sky. It also makes it easier to see with telescopes or the naked eye. The Red Planet comes close enough for exceptional viewing only once or twice every 15 or 17 years.”

Mars will rise in the East and will move south east through the night.

The weather is expected to be mostly cloudy through the night so spotting it could be quite difficult on Wirral.

The Met Office say: “Windy with showers, some heavy, across many areas at first, these becoming restricted to western and northern areas overnight with clear spells in the south and east.”

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