“This is the week of Mars's opposition and historic closest approach to Earth! The planet comes the closest it has been since 57,617 B.C. (though, admittedly, just by a hair). It blazes some 14 times brighter than the brightest stars in the summer sky.” This Week's Sky at a Glance
By Alan M. MacRobert
The planet is in Aquarius. For those of you who have no idea where Aquarius is, go out and look toward the southeast. It is the huge bright orange ‘star.’ According to Sky and Telescope’s site, This Week’s Sky at a Glance, Mars will be at magnitude –2.9. Mars can be seen in the east southeast at dusk, “ low in the east-southeast at dusk, higher in the southeast later in the evening, and at its highest in the south in the middle of the night. By dawn Mars is low in the west.”
Now don’t miss this. It will not be this bright again in this life time. Get out and take a look.
By the way for those of you who are up early in the morning on Aug 23 to 26, that ‘star’ at the moon’s lower right is Saturn. It is a bright yellowish white. Don’t miss that either. They will be in the east north east.
I love the Sky and Telescope site. http://skyandtelescope.com/