For the next two weeks, Mars hovers at its closest to us. It’s sort of a big deal. While Venus can come closer, and Jupiter’s more intriguing, Mars is the most Earthlike world within light-years of Saugerties.
Normally it’s a dim object that attracts no more attention than a salami sandwich. But every 26 months, faster-moving Earth, gliding around the Sun at 18 miles per second compared to Mars’ slower 15 miles per second, catches up to it. This is happening right now, letting the “Red Planet” blaze only slightly less brilliantly than Sirius, the . . .
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