Mars Is Ready For Its Close-Up
Want to see Mars this weekend? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Step 1: Go outside after sunset and look toward the southeastern sky.
Step 2: Find the full moon.
Step 3: Look up and to the right, and find what looks like a bright red/brownish star. You found Mars!
On Sunday morning, Mars, Earth and the Sun will line up perfectly in the sky. Mars will be at it’s closest (48 million miles) than it has been since November 2005. On May 30,, the red planet passes within 46.8 million miles of Earth.
The red planet’s close proximity to Earth will make it much brighter than it usually is, giving you a great chance to view the planet.
To mark the occasion, NASA used the Hubble Space Telescope to capture an absolutely stunning view of Mars.