Mars will be coming close to Earth in coming weeks

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However, Mars will look fainter by mid-August as the red planet and Earth will travel farther away from each other in their orbits around the Sun. This will make it easier to see with a telescope and the naked eye.

Here's what Nasa said about Mars going into opposition: 'Like all the planets in our solar system, Earth and Mars orbit the sun.

How large Mars appears in the sky to people on Earth depends on where the two neighboring planets are in their elliptical journey.

In a new development, it is good news for the stargazers who can see the Mars in the night sky, and it will occur in some few weeks, as per NASA. The Weather Channel said Mars will appear the brightest to Earth stargazers on July 31, when the two planets are just 57.6 million kilometers apart.

Mars is set for its closest encounter with Earth since 2003 next month when it reaches "opposition" with the Sun. The most recent one happened in 2003, when the distance was only 55.7 million km away, the closest in almost 60,000 years.

Mars won't be this close again until September 15, 2035.

Daily Star brings you the most mesmerizing images from Mars alongside fascinating facts about the mysterious planet.

However, this summer will be the time to look at Mars until over 17 years from now.

The Curiosity rover is now on the Gale Crater on Mars, a 96-mile-wide valley that researchers once believed housed a giant lake.

That means it will be visible to the naked eye.

Aside from its photogenic prowess, the Curiosity rover made global headlines earlier this month when NASA announced that it had found organic molecules on Mars, providing fresh insight into the Red Planet. "From our perspective on our spinning world, Mars rises in the east just as the sun sets in the west".

Nasa added: "During opposition, Mars and the sun are on directly opposite sides of Earth".

Is this "skull" evidence there was once life on mars?

Now, if Earth and Mars followed perfectly circular orbits, then "opposition" would also be the closest that the two planets ever came.

Curiosity has captured a breathtaking selfie from the surface of the Red Planet.

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