UAE stargazers to now get the chance to see Mars tonight up close
The orbit of Mars is to come up close the closest it has ever been to the Earth ever since the last 15 years. And this one is for the stargazers. Some real good news is here for all those who love staring at the sky in the night. Some phenomenally awesome space-related phenomenon is about to take place in the sky tonight.
The Red Planet will be the most easily visible tonight in the night sky to the naked eye. Mars should be visible to us all in the event horizon at sunset on Tuesday thereby making its way to the center of the sky where it should be the most visible at midnight.
Since the year 2003, this is the closest that the Red Planet has been to the Earth. The reason behind this phenomenon is that planets in our galaxy travel around the sun in orbits that are oval shaped. Hence, Mars and Earth line up once in every 15 to 17 years and at one point they are bound to be as close as only 57.5 million kilometers apart. To keep it in contrast to the distance that we just mentioned, Mars is normally about 225 million kilometers away from Earth. This Phenomenon is known as “Perihelion Opposition”.
If you want to get as close a look as possible you can head to the Thuraya Astronomy center at Mushrif Park in Dubai. Stargazing fans and first-timers can either bring their very own telescope or they can rent one out over here. Also at the venue, there will be space experts to guide you through and give you valid information in the spot of what is it that you witnessing.
Anyhow, if you miss it by chance there is always an option to re-visit the same phenomena when you come back in the year 2035, which is going to be the next time that Mars is going to get this up close and personal to us and the Earth.