How to spot Mars in the London sky for the last time until 2035

There’s something really magical about looking up and the night sky, taking in the bright stars against the inky blackness and seeing what phase the moon is in.

If stargazing isn’t really your thing, here’s a reason why you should make an exception tonight.

Mars will be closer to our planet than it will be for another 15 years, so it’s really not to be missed.

We don’t think it’ll be close enough to spot any other life forms, but according to Science Alert you’ll be able to see it with or even without a telescope.

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How near will it be? Just 62.1 million kilometres (38.6 million miles) away – and while you’ll be able to catch it all week, October 6 is the day it’ll be the absolute closest to Earth.

Science Alert recommends checking out a sky chart to work out where Mars will be in the night sky in your location so you can plan for the best viewing, and you should also be able to catch Jupiter and Saturn shining brightly closer to the horizon.

While Mars got incredibly close to Earth in 2003 and 2018 the rotations of the planets means we’re getting further and further out of alignment, so we won’t get super close to our neighbouring body again until 2035.

Perhaps it’s time to go out and buy a telescope.

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