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Mars at Closest Approach to Earth in Last Ten Years

Note: This is a press release from Hubble/European Space Agency and Sloohmars
NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope picture of Mars.

Looking Up Column  By Bob Eklund

Looking Up Column
By Bob Eklund

During this month, the Earth and Mars get closer to each other than at any time in the last ten years. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has exploited this special configuration to catch a new image of our red neighbor.

On May 22, Mars will be at opposition, the point at which the planet is located directly opposite the Sun in the sky. This means that the Sun, Earth and Mars are all lined up, with Earth sitting in between the Sun and the red planet. This is also the planet’s closest approach to Earth.

WATCH MARS LIVE ONLINE ON MEMORIAL DAY. On Monday, May 30th, at 6:00 p.m. PDT, the international astronomy-outreach organization Slooh will share brilliant live views of Mars at closest approach with the public, looking through a telescope at the Canary Island Observatory. During the live show, Slooh Astronomers Paul Cox and Bob Berman will be on hand to take viewers on a tour of the Red Planet, discussing everything from scientific study of the planet to its cultural significance in antiquity through to sci-fi movies, and even the possibility that it may have once harbored life.

Viewers are encouraged to make themselves a part of the show by sending their questions to @Slooh on Twitter, or by joining in on the live chat on Slooh.com.

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