Spectacular Moment the Glow of Mars Bounces off Sea as Earth’s Nearest Neighbour Reaches its Closest in 15 years

This incredible picture shows the moment when a photographer captured the glorious planet of Mars clearly reflected in the ocean

This incredible picture shows the moment when a photographer captured the glorious planet of Mars clearly reflected in the ocean.

The planet is closer to the Earth and brighter than it has been since 2003, which allowed photographer Abdul Dremali to head out to shoot the remarkable shot.

With the Milky Way illuminating the sky, the bright orange dot of Mars can be seen vividly alongside the stars with its reflection captured as a fiery line across the ocean.

Abdul, 29, captured the image on Rhode Island on Friday, July 13, at 10pm, as the planet rose above the horizon.

Later this month Mars will move nearer to the Earth again – but it won’t reach such levels of closeness after that until 2035.

When it does move closer, toward the end of July, the planet will appear 1.8 times brighter than Jupiter.

The Boston-based photographer said: ‘I’m an active astrophotographer, so I’m always keeping up with the night sky.

‘I knew that there was a massive dust storm on Mars as well as it’s nearing opposition, so it would be especially bright in the night sky. It’s my fifth favourite planet, and I’ve been photographing it all summer.’

SOURCE: DailyMail, by JESSICA GREEN