Star Tours

Mars is closer and brighter this week than any time since 1988. It shines as the brilliant orange "star" low in the southeast after 9 p.m. an due south at midnight. Through a small telescope, Mars looks like an orange BB, but good amateur telescopes show its major surface features. Mars remains bright in the sky through the summer.

Source: John Mosley, Griffith Observatory

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