A rose tinted treat for skywatchers tonight, with earth’s rusty cousin Mars unusually visible in the night sky.
According to Nasa, the planet is at its closest point to earth since 2005 tonight, making it appear much larger than normal.
The planet can be seen by stargazers who look to the south-southeast at sunset, South around midnight, and southwest in the hours before dawn.
Mars should reach its highest point around 9pm tonight, about 35 degrees above the horizon – but will actually be closest to Earth around 2:30 am.
Mars’ orbit around the sun is more than twice the length of Earth’s, coming in at 26 months. That puts the two planets at the closest point in their orbits every two years and two months.
But as big and bright as the red planet looks tonight, Nasa says it will be even more so in 2018, when the two planets orbits come even closer.