We're in for a treat the next few nights as Mars will be very bright and visible in the eastern sky. In fact, tonight (Monday, March 5) Mars will make its closest swing by Earth all year. It'll just be a stone's throw away at 63 million miles. That distance puts Mars closer to Earth than at any other point of its 26-month journey around the sun. This year is the closest it's been since 2003 and the next time will be in 2018.
Skies are clear tonight so this celestial treat is easy to see. However, Tuesday night, high clouds return and may hamper the view. With mostly cloudy skies Wednesday, the Red Planet's light will elude us.