How to Watch Mars Make its Closest Approach to Earth Until 2035

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October 6, Mars' orbit comes closest to Earth

Two full moons aren’t the only spectacular celestial events of October. This week, Mars is making its closest approach to Earth until 2035 — and to see it, all skywatchers need to do is look up. (NASA.gov image)

(CBSNews.com) — Two full moons aren’t the only spectacular celestial events of October.

This week, Mars is making its closest approach to Earth until 2035 — and to see it, all skywatchers need to do is look up.

Mars will shine bright all month long, but there are two rare days to watch out for: October 6, when Mars makes its close approach, and October 13, when the red planet is in opposition.

Close Approach

On Tuesday, October 6, Mars’ orbit comes closest to Earth. This year, Mars’ close approach puts the planet at about 38.59 million miles from Earth, according to NASA.

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