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How to see Mars on Monday

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This Memorial Day, Mars will be closer to Earth than it's been at any point in the past 11 years.

Mars will be brighter than any other star or moon or planet around it on Monday night - and throughout the week.

It will be a similar color, but this photo was captured at Bifrost Astronomical Observatory, Portal, AZ.

According to Belgian astronomer Jean Meeus, Mars will come within 46.78 million miles 75.28 million kilometers of Earth at 5:35 p.m. EDT 2135 GMT .

You can learn more about how to calculate when planets are in what position and when by having a peek at the book "Astronomical Algorithms" by Jean Meeus.

A bit lighter - closer to the color of C-3PO's gold coverings than it is his new red arm.

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