Mars shines bigger, brighter as it orbits close to Earth

Mars reaches closest point to Earth (Courtesy: NASA)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As you look up and gaze at the glittering night sky it might seem like each sparkling dot is millions of miles away. This month there is a shining addition bigger, brighter and closer than any other other time in the past two years.

Mars reaches closest point to Earth (Courtesy: NASA)
Mars reaches closest point to Earth (Courtesy: NASA)

The red planet is approaching the closest point in its orbit to Earth. You won’t even need a fancy telescope to see Mars as it orbits closer and closer. Over the next few days NASA says Mars will be visible to the naked eye.

Mars reaches closest point to Earth (Courtesy: NASA)
Mars reaches closest point to Earth (Courtesy: NASA)

Joining us from NASA’s Space Flight Center in Maryland is Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, senior scientist on the Hubble Telescope Project, which has been observing Mars.

Mars reaches closest point to Earth (Courtesy: NASA)
Mars reaches closest point to Earth (Courtesy: NASA)

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