In 2016, the planet Mars will appear brightest from May 18 to June 3.

May 09, 2016

In 2016, the planet Mars will appear brightest from May 18 to June 3.

Mars Close Approach is May 30, 2016. That is the point in Mars' orbit when it comes closest to Earth. Mars will be at a distance of 46.8 million miles (75.3 million kilometers). Mars reaches its highest point around midnight -- 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.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech

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