Don't forget to look up to the sky
today, fellow astronomer
s, friends, and noders. Today, on 05:51 EDT, planet Mars
will be in the closest point to Earth
in a period of 73,000
years. It will outshine all of the other planets (except Moon
), and will appear brighter than ever, allowing for a best viewing opportunity.
Mars will get within a distance of 55,746,199 kilometers of Earth (34,646,488 miles for the SI-challenged). Mars is in its perihelion and Earth is in its aphelion.
Update (August 28, 2003): Here are some links about the recorded event: