Mars is looking a little different than usual, too. Why?
And the next time Mars will be as close to Earth as it will be beginning July 31 is September 15, 2035. But, there will be another close approach in October 2020 when the distance between the Red Planet and Earth will be 38.6 million miles. Earth takes roughly a year (or 365.25 days, to be exact) to complete a revolution around the sun, while Mars does it in 1.88 years (approximately 687 days).
Early this morning, Mars made its closest approach to Earth since 2003 - but if you missed it, the Red Planet is still a magnificent sight to see in the night sky.
The Red Planet is so full of dust that not enough sunlight is reaching the surface to recharge the solar panels on the NASA Opportunity rover.
The last time Mars got this close to Earth was on August 27, 2003, when it was a bit closer - 34,646,418 miles away.
This phenomenon is expected to occur next in 2034. It will be visible southeast of the moon, with a noticeably redder color than stars surrounding it.
A massive dust storm recently engulfed Mars, obscuring surface details normally visible through telescopes.
NASA has captured many images of the planet-wide dust storm that has been affecting Mars since June this year. Earth and Mars have oval shaped orbits, like all other planets.
However, for planets which do not harbour any life - and certainly not complex life - it requires far more than introducing species which human society lives beside.
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is the public viewing spot, where Mars can be seen with naked eye.
The embedded live stream above kicked off at 10pm PT on the night of Monday, July 30, and ended this morning at 2am PT. Even if this loss were prevented somehow, allowing the atmosphere to build up slowly from outgassing by geologic activity, current outgassing is extremely low; it would take about 10 million years just to double Mars' current atmosphere, according to the team. According to NASA, the red planet will be 57.6 million kilometres from Earth and will hit its highest point at about midnight.