Mars Will Be Maximum Closer to Earth

Planet Mars has approach to Earth at record small distance,that happens one time in 60,000 years. Only 55.6 million miles will separate Mars and Earth. Over the next few weeks sun will shine the Red planet a little brighter than usual. Because of that the planet will be seen more clearly than other space objects, except the Moon and Venus. Closest approach of Mars and Earth will occur on August 27 in 12.51, Moscow time. To the naked eye Mars will look like a small coin at a distance of approximately 150 meters. Red Planet by size is twice bigger than Moon, but at 145 times farther from Earth than Moon. Earth and Mars meet every 26 months, following in their orbits around the Sun.