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Image credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team - STScI/AURA, J. Bell - ASU, M. Wolff - Space Science Institute via AP

Watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth in 10 years

Tune in tonight if you want a rare good look at the Red Planet.
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NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team - STScI/AURA, J. Bell - ASU, M. Wolff - Space Science Institute via AP

Mars is about to make its closest approach to Earth in the space of a decade... and this time around, it'll be trivially easy to watch this rare celestial event. Slooh is offering a live stream that will kick off around 9PM Eastern, when the sky should be dark enough to observe the Red Planet in vivid detail (the closest approach is technically at 5:34PM, around when this story went live). Gizmodo notes that you can also get a first-hand look if you point a telescope to the right of the bright star Antares.

It's important to remember that "close" is a relative term here. Earth and Mars will still be 46.8 million miles apart, so you aren't about to spot the details of Olympus Mons with your naked eyes. However, the shortened distance makes it comparatively trivial to get a good peek without resorting to particularly advanced optics. Given that most of our Solar System neighbors are too far away for this kind of observation, it'll likely be worth watching for at least a brief moment.

Via: Gizmodo
Source: Slooh
In this article: astronomy, mars, planet, science, space, video

Jon has been hooked on tech ever since he tried a Compaq PC clone when he was five. He's big on mobile and is one of those precious few people who wears his smartwatch with pride. He's also an unapologetic Canadian: Don't be surprised if you get an earful about poutine or the headaches with Canadian carriers.

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