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2003: Mars Comes Closest to the Earth in the Last 60,000 Years

2003: Mars Comes Closest to the Earth in the Last 60,000 Years
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  • Historical event:
  • 27 August 2003
  • The average distance between the planet Mars and the Earth is about 225 million kilometers. On this day in 2003, it was only 55,758,006 kilometers.

On this day in 2003, the planet Mars came closest to the Earth during the last 60.000 years.

The distance between the planet Mars and the Earth was only 55,758,006 kilometers. It is estimated that Mars had been so close to Earth about 57,617 BC.

Due to that, Mars was relatively more visible from the Earth than ever before in the recorded human history (magnitude: -2.88).

Mars is about 52% farther away from the Sun than the Earth. The average distance between Mars and the Earth is about 225 million kilometers.

Otherwise, when they are on the opposite sides of the Sun, the distance between the Earth and the planet Mars can be more than 400 million kilometers.

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