Scientists have today come forward with some exciting news about Mars...
They have revealed that, for one week only, we're going to have a very good view of the planet...
via: GettyAnd it's all thanks to science.
Now, speculation and mystery have surrounded our red-tinted neighbor for decades.
via: GettyThe planet, which is 4th in line from the Sun, has long been one of the favorites of the entire solar system.
via: GettyWhat's so special about this red-colored planet?
Well, it helps that its reddish hue helps it to stand out from the rest.
via: GettyIts unique color - which makes it hang like a menacing red dot in the sky - comes from oxidized iron, in the same chemical reaction that turns blood red.
But, more importantly...
via: GettyIt turns out that Mars has more in common with our own planet, Earth, than any other planet in the solar system.
Earth and Mars are the same in so many ways.
via: GettyIn stark comparison to the barren surrounding planets, Mars has snow, it has mountains, it has lake beds, and it has recognizable landscapes.
So of course it's the first choice for human settlement.
They believe Mars is the future of space travel.
So, with all of this considered...
via: GettyAny glimpse of Mars is greeted with much anticipation and excitement.
Witnessing Mars is always a special moment...
via: GettyAnd, this week, it is set to get even more extraordinary.
Scientists have come forward with claims that the planet will be closer to Earth this week...
via: GettyThen it will be for the next fifteen years.
Keen stargazers, listen up.
via: GettyThe red planet will be 38.6 million miles (62.1 million kilometers) away from our planet on Tuesday, Science Alert reports.
This is very similar in comparison to the last close brush...
via: GettyEarth's previous closest approach with Mars was recorded in 2003 when there was a 34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers) distance between Earth and the red planet.
People from all over the world have been sharing their own views of Mars...
ALRIGHT THE WAIT IS OVER! The red planet MARS is at it's closest distance to Earth RIGHT NOW, Mars is about 38,58… https://t.co/kePTkEvlM2— Akshat | Sarafina stan account (@Akshat | Sarafina stan account)1601994588.0
@star_stufff Told my friends about it and they were like "kuch bhi" 🤷🥺 https://t.co/Bhdbv3U5nK— Shriti Shrivastava. (@Shriti Shrivastava.)1602002081.0
@star_stufff What a day to have cloudy skies. Here’s one I clicked a couple nights ago https://t.co/JEnqzcld7N— Himanshu Narvekar (@Himanshu Narvekar)1601995589.0
@star_stufff @highoncaffeinee The one in the middle :) https://t.co/ccS2mETq4j— Enzey (@Enzey)1602001146.0
@star_stufff Zoom in & Zoom out! Mars 🟠 https://t.co/YqI5rUzAs8— Pooh♡∞🌻 (@Pooh♡∞🌻)1601996023.0
@star_stufff 💫 https://t.co/rDJiof5gH4— Will~ ia af (@Will~ ia af)1601996373.0
@star_stufff https://t.co/ekMQQYG7Zu— Poonam (@Poonam)1601995581.0
But don't worry... You'll be able to get a glimpse too!
via: GettyMars is currently north of the celestial equator, meaning that, from today, it is well placed to be seen from both hemispheres.
Though, of course, scientists recommend a proper stargazing session for the best viewing results.
via: GettyThey also say to check a sky chart in order to get a good glimpse. Happy stargazing! For more on solar system phenomenons, keep scrolling to read about the eerie "harvest moon"...