JPL: Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 17 Years

first_img Top of the News 55 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Rendering of Sun, Earth, and Mars via NASASkywatchers will be treated to their closest view of Mars in 17 years on Tuesday night, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.The Red Planet will be seen hanging low in the southern sky as it reaches “opposition,” meaning the Sun and Mars are on opposite sides of the Earth, according to JPL.Oppositions take place roughly every two years or so, NASA said in a written statement. “But because planetary orbits are elliptical, not all oppositions are the same.”Only once every 15 years Mars reaches its point of opposition — the closest point in its orbit to Earth — at the same time it reaches its closest point to the sun, or its perihelion, according to NASA. And that celestial coincidence takes place Tuesday night.The last time Mars was this close to Earth, and even a bit closer, was in 2003, NASA officials said.Mars opposition coinciding with perihelion will next occur in 2035.While Mars reaches its closest point to Earth Tuesday night, it will continue to appear prominently in the southern night sky for weeks to come.More information is available online at and at Business News Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Science and Technology JPL: Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 17 Years By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, October 12, 2020 | 5:19 pm Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more