Just how long have we been receiving these mysterious signals from outer space?
Look up! Mars is closer to Earth than it’s been in 15 years
By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
Jul 31, 2018
Heads up, sky watchers: Tonight, Mars is going to be closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years, and you don’t want to miss it.
On average, Mars is about 140 million miles from Earth. But this evening, it will be just 35.8 million miles away, according to NASA.
To take advantage of this celestial alignment, just wait for the sun to set and turn your gaze to the east. You will see what looks like a red-orange star glowing unusually brightly in the night sky.
That’s Mars, and it’s the best view of the red planet that you’re going to get for the next 17 years.