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Look up to the sky! Mars makes closest approach tonight

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Over the last few weeks, Mars has been shining brightly in the night sky. The planet has been at it's brightest in the sky since May 18th and will continue to shine brightly through June 3rd.

Monday night is special, however. Mars will be making its closest approach to Earth with the distance only a mere 46.8 million miles away.

For viewing, the skies should cooperate with mostly clear conditions expected during the overnight.

According to NASA, the planet will be at its highest point around midnight and you'll be able to locate it on the southern horizon, about 35 degrees above the ground. For perspective, 35 degrees is about one third of the way up between your sight on the ground and directly over your head.

If you miss your chance to see Mars tonight, the planet will still be visible for a few more weeks before becoming more faint in the night sky. For those wondering when the next close approach will be, you'll find that in July of 2018, where it will actually be even closer at a meager 35.8 million miles.

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