On Tuesday evening another spectacle can be seen at the starry sky. Mars is the closest since fifteen years and is visible to the naked eye.
The average distance between Earth and Mars is 230 million kilometers, but that can reach 401 million kilometers. On Tuesday evening the planet is a lot closer: at a distance of 58 million kilometers. Normally Mars can not be seen with the naked eye, but then. The last time that Mars was so close to the earth was in 2003. At that time the distance was 56 million kilometers.
If you want to see the planet, it is best to visit between 23:00 and 04:00. go outside and look in the direction of the southeast. It remains clear on most places on Tuesday evening, so Mars should be nice to see. Find a clearing where it is dark. The planet is best seen when it is well dark. In the city the view through the lighting is therefore limited.
In the coming weeks, Mars will still be reasonably well visible. You can recognize the planet by its reddish color.