The time to take a look at Mars is now!
Mars is making its closest approach to Earth for 15 years, and the next several nights will be prime time for catching a glimpse. Astronomers refer to this moment as “Mars opposition” because the planet is located precisely opposite the sun from Earth’s point of view. That is the point in Mars’ orbit when it comes closest to Earth, this time at about 38.6 million miles (62.1 million kilometers). Mars is visible for much of the night in the southern sky and at its highest point at about midnight. Simply go outside and look up and, depending on your local weather and lighting conditions, you should be able to see Mars.
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