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Today Only: Mars Up Close

Mars will be close, but not this close. Here is the Phoenix Lander taken by HiRISE camera on MRO.
Mars will be close, but not this close. Here is the Phoenix Lander taken by HiRISE camera on MRO.NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Today the planet Mars will be closer to Earth than any time between 2008 and 2014: 60 million miles away. The last time Mars was closer it swept past us at 35 million miles away in 2003.

Look for Mars as a sparkling, orange star as you look east, just after sunset. You can check a star map from NASA for more accurate directions to the Red Planet. If that cold front decides to roll in before sunset, don't worry. Viewing of Mars should also be great on Friday when it rises with a full moon.

For an even closer view of Mars, plan to visit Fiske Planetarium on the CU-Boulder campus, on February 4 at 7:30 p.m. for a special update on current research of the Red Planet. Tickets are free for CU students, $6 for adults and $3.50 for children. For additional information, check out their website.

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