Mars will be visible in the skies above Ireland tonight


This will be third and the last celestial treats - solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and brighter Mars - that were lined up in July.

By mid-August, Mars will lose its brightness, the planet and the Earth will be removed from each other, moving in their orbits around the Sun. This fly-by means that Mars, Earth, and the Sun are all lined up with each other. In 2003, Mars made its closest approach to Earth-34.6 million miles-in almost 60,000 years. Mars will come this close to earth again only in 2035.

If you missed the live stream or the Mars approach, the good news is the Red Planet will remain really bright in the skies for the next few weeks.

Astronomers say the distance between Mars and Earth will be 57.6 million kilometers.

"Mars is invading us tonight", said observatory director Ed Krupp.

In their new study, scientists looked at two different ways that Mars could be terraformed and made habitable for humans, as Inverse reports. Whereas at midnight one can see it above his head, in the morning it can be spotted in West and South West Direction, Mr Kumar explained.

Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more- and appear bigger - as Tuesday nears.

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The last time it came so close was on August 28, 2003, when it was within 55.76 million kilometres of Earth, according to EarthSky - and that was the closest it had been in nearly 60,000 years.

We are all presented with a chance to witness a rare event, as on July 31 Mars will reach the point in its orbit with the shortest distance to Earth in 15 years. According to EarthSky, it was the shortest distance between us and the Red Planet in about 60,000 years.

The next close approach between two planets will be 62 million kilometres in 2020, as per NASA.

The most striking features on Mars' surface on these days will be the brilliant white polar cap and a dust storm. Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory will provide a live online view of Mars early Tuesday.

The blood moon will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century and will occur just after 9pm United Kingdom time on Friday July 27.

NASA's Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope took this picture June 26, 2003 of Mars.