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Photo Journal: Close encounter

Mars makes a close approach to Earth and sparkles in the evening sky near Tokyo Skytree, the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world, in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on July 31, 2018. Earth and Mars come closest to each other about every two years and two months. The distance during the two planets' closest approach is different each time because Mars orbits in an almost oval shape. Mars approached Earth at a distance of 57. 59 million kilometers, marking the first time that Mars and Earth came closer than 60 million kilometers since 2003. The next time the red planet approaches close to Earth will be in September 2035. (Mainichi)

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