Australian students have built a virtual reality city to house one million people on Mars as part of an global competition to create an imagined utopian settlement on the red planet by 2030. That distinction belongs to Venus, which - at its closest orbital point - is just 23.6 million miles away, compared to Mars' closest pass at 35.7 million miles.
The world-renowned astronomical facility live streamed the Red Planet for more than four hours as it appeared in the skies over California.
The Red Planet peaked in its orbit around 12.45am PT on Monday morning, or before sunrise on the East Coast. This recent image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Mars and its ongoing dust storm in incredible detail.
Today, Mars will be at its closest distance to Earth in a decade and a half.
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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. At that time, the gap between the two planets was greater than it will be tomorrow.
Mars is not Earth's closest planetary neighbor. That same day, parts of the world saw a total lunar eclipse. This rare phenomena will also be visible form India too.
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is the public viewing spot, where Mars can be seen with naked eye.
Hopefully the cloudy weather forecast for Perth will still offer breaks in the sky for a good view.
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The Earth and Mars both orbit around the sun with the distance between the two planets usually at about 140,000,000 miles apart.
If you miss the Mars Close Approach, the next approach will be October 6, 2020. The atmospheric pressure on Mars is less than one percent that of Earth's, which is likely what would be needed to raise temperatures enough for stable liquid water.
The designs were submitted to the United States space agency as part of its 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, launched in 2015 in a bid to create a sustainable living concept for the first inhabitants of the red planet.
With Mars in closest position to Earth in a long time, you should be able to see it starting sunset and have the view until sunrise.
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