Planet Mars

Mars is approaching Earth for an almost once-in-a-generation close encounter in late July.

 

This week, the brightness of Mars surpassed that of Sirius, making the Red Planetbrighter than any star in the sky. If you wake up before dawn, you can't help noticing Mars burning through the morning twilight with a distinctive orange glow--and the show is about to get much better. You can read more about it here.