The planet Mars hasn't been this close to Earth for nearly 60,000 years, and it's so bright that you can see it in the night sky with the naked eye anytime in the next week or so (weather permitting).
I'm in London, so being able to see anything in the night sky despite the light pollution is amazing, but it's right there, this bright red-orange dot.
So when it's night wherever you are, I seriously recommend taking a few minutes to go and have a look. You can spot it because it's the brightest object in the sky at the moment.
Nothing like 56 million kilometres to put things into perspective .
Ive been looking at mars since the blackout. It amasing. I heard uranus is visible tonight. I live in north america so Ima not sure about the UK. You can look though! The worst that could happen is you get a good look at mars again!.
It is so pretty. Makes you wonder what earth looks like from mars.
uranus wasnt out tonight. lol. I think I got things confuzzled. Uranus methinks is out next week and mars was brightest tonight. SO maybe I can see uranus on monday after the BILLY IDOL CONCERT!! whee.
it's been visible for pretty much the whole month. i saw it earlier this month in boston, and it was so bright i thought it was venus.
now i'm up at school in lovely maine, and the air is so clean that you can see EVERYTHING. it's beautiful. the other night some of the astronomy profs had an event at the observatory where they set up a bunch of telescopes. there was a really long line to use the 14" scope, which would have been cool, but we got to look through the 8" one and it was amazing! we could see the polar ice cap and the highland mountains. very very cool.
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