(THUNDER BAY, ONT) – NASA is telling people to get out tonight and look up at the night sky.
The big red planet known as Mars will be the closest to Earth since 2003, and you can see the planet clearly tonight without any high tech equipment.
To take advantage of this amazing view simply wait for the sun to set and gaze into the East. You will be able to see a bright orange-red star glowing in the night sky.
That bright orange star is Mars, and that will be the best view of the red planet that your going to get for the next 15-17 years.
The typical distance between Earth and Mars is roughly 225 million kilometres. Tonight that will drop to only 57.59 million kilometres away.
Usually when Mars is this close to the Earth you would be able to see the dark and light areas of the planets surface with a telescope.
Unfortunately, Mars is in the midst of a storm which has covered the whole planet in red dust. It will be extremely hard to see the surface of Mars through a telescope tonight.
The dust is so thick on the planet that NASAs rover had to be put into sleep mode. It wasn’t receiving enough sun light to recharge its batteries.
If it is to overcast tonight to see Mars in the night sky, no need to worry. The planet will stay bright for the most of August.