UAE watches as Mars comes closest to Earth

From the UAE, telescopic viewing and astrophotography was possible

  • Nizar Salem, the head of the Emirates Mobile Astronomical Observer and the member of the Arab Union for AstroImage Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
  • Mars, the Red Planet came closest to the earth at 10 :44 pm Wednesday night reducing the distance between theImage Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
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Abu Dhabi: People all over the world who observe stars and planets enjoyed a special phenomenon on Wednesday  night. 

From the UAE, telescopic viewing and astrophotography was possible.

Mars, the Red Planet came closest to the earth at the UAE time 10 :44 pm , reducing the distance between the two plants up to 99.3 million kilometres, Nazar Sallam, the head of the Emirates Mobile Astronomical Observer  and the member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences (AUASS) told Gulf News.

The phenomenon occurs every two years, but according to NASA, the US space agency, the Mars was supposed to  look  bigger through a  telescope on Wednesday night  than at any time between 2008 and 2012.

Sallem  has made an  arrangement for the public to watch an equally important  phenomenon on Friday night at the Family Park  Khalidiya in the capital.

“Mars will be directly opposite  the Sun in the sky at 11:48 pm [UAE time]. Professional and amateur astronomers get excited about planetary oppositions because it gives you a fantastic opportunity to watch the planet ”, he explained. 

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Me, too, Mahvesh! The Mars Exploration Rovers have taken me to Mars, in a virtual sense. I would love to actually walk those Martian plains.

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