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Mars Making Closest Approach to Earth in 11 Years

Astronomy buffs across much of the globe awaited darkness Monday for a glimpse of Mars, as the Red Planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 11 years. The event, visible to the naked eye, will occur at 21:34 UTC Monday, when the second-smallest planet in the solar system passes within 76 million kilometers of Earth. Scientists say it will remain roughly at that distance through June 12. The close encounter is known as "close approach," an event marked by Mars and Earth...

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