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...

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And it's all thanks to science.

Now, speculation and mystery have surrounded our red-tinted neighbor for decades.

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The planet, which is 4th in line from the Sun, has long been one of the favorites of the entire solar system.

But why?

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What's so special about this red-colored planet?

Well, it helps that its reddish hue helps it to stand out from the rest.

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Its 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...

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It 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. 

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In 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.

Mars One, the highly-publicized and somewhat controversial mission to eventually move man onto Mars, states: "Mars is the stepping stone of the human race on its voyage into the universe. Human settlement on Mars will aid our understanding of the origins of the solar system, the origins of life, and our place in the universe."

They believe Mars is the future of space travel.

"As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved."

So, with all of this considered...

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Any glimpse of Mars is greeted with much anticipation and excitement.

Witnessing Mars is always a special moment...

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And, 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...

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Then it will be for the next fifteen years.

Keen stargazers, listen up.

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The 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...

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Earth'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...

But don't worry... You'll be able to get a glimpse too!

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Mars 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.

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They 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"...