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Mars

In 2016, Mars closest approach will be on May 30, 2016.

Mars will be at a distance of 46.8 million miles (75.3 million kilometers) and will reach its highest point around midnight.

The planet will be about 35 degrees above the southern horizon, or one third of the distance between the horizon and overhead. Mars will be visible for much of the night, and it’ll be that way until June 3.

A medium-sized telescope will allow you to see some of the dark details on the planet’s orange surface.

By mid-June, Mars will become fainter as the “red planet” and Earth travel farther away from each other in their orbits.

The next Mars Close Approach is July 31, 2018.

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