The convergence of Mars with the Earth

Matt Damon in The Martian
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Aidan Monaghan

Both were captured when Mars was near opposition, which occurs about every two years, when Earth's orbit catches up to Mars' orbit. The image on the left, taken on May 12, 2016, shows a clear atmosphere.

Mars comes at opposition at an average interval of two years and two months when the planet comes close to the Earth and becomes brighter, the Ministry of Earth Science said in a statement.

The planet will remain bright for several weeks, and you can also view the planets Saturn, Jupiter and Venus in a "long arc across the sky from east to west" shortly after sunset. OPAL helps scientists to understand the dynamics of the atmosphere and evolution of gas giant planets in our Solar system. Planet Mars can be spotted in the sky till end of year with more appreciable brightness till end of November 2018. It is essential to be able to adapt the planet to our needs before we try to establish the first colonies.

Mars will come even closer to Earth on September 11th, 2035. With Mars being further away from the Sun, researchers estimate a CO2pressure similar to Earth's total atmospheric pressure is needed to raise temperatures enough to allow for stable liquid water. With summer in the northern hemisphere, the atmosphere is now more active. Also these photos were taken of the ring system at its maximum angle relative to the earth's axis.

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There is carbon dioxide ice in the polar caps of Mars, and vaporizing these sources of CO2 could double the pressure of the Martian atmosphere. Unlike Earth, Mars' more elliptical orbit has a greater influence on its seasonal changes.

Each Martian year, moderately large dust storms cover continent-sized areas and last for weeks at a time.

Astronomers are interested in Mars' travel path because it helps decide the best times for spacecraft to launch.

Another close encounter like 2003's will not happen until the year 2287.

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One of the proposed methods of pumping more Carbon dioxide into the red planet's atmosphere is by bombing the planet's poles.

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