In the first stage of the Phase 3, the judges interviewed and evaluated submissions from 18 teams from all over the world and selected these teams: Team Zopherus of Rogers, Arkansas ($20,957.95); AI SpaceFactory of NY ($20,957.24); Kahn-Yates of Jackson, Mississippi ($20,622.74); SEArch+/Apis Cor of NY ($19,580.97); Northwestern University of Evanston, Illinois ($17,881.10). The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles and does not happen very often.
Mars will be visibly closest to Earth in the Southern Hemisphere.
An aerial image showing the Mars dust storm that makes the planet look brighter from Earth.
"Our results suggest that there is not enough Carbon dioxide remaining on Mars to provide significant greenhouse warming were the gas to be put into the atmosphere", said Jakosky. At nightfall Jupiter is shining brightly in the south-southwestern sky, and Saturn is just off to the lower left in the low south-southeast. It's like a star, but it's a planet.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:After the Blood Moon, it's time for the Mars show.
Perth and Hobart are forecast to have thick cloud and showers.
While Mars is getting all the headlines in August, Jupiter and Saturn are also fantastic telescope targets, with Jupiter's moons and Saturn's ring system. The problem is you see is that we now require a lot of energy just to escape Earth. "So, unfortunately, if it's cloudy, direct observing is not possible".
The next "close approach" event between the third and fourth planet from the Sun will be in 2020 when the two planets will come within 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometres) of each other. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, in Washington, D.C.
That's close, but it's no 2018 sighting.
Is 35.8 million miles the closest Mars has ever been to Earth?
The red planet is coming - closer, that is. It has a very helpful atmosphere, which, being primarily Carbon dioxide with some nitrogen and argon and a few other trace elements, means that we can grow plants on Mars just by compressing the atmosphere.
"It's a process where we do one step at a time".