Next week, Mars and Earth will have their closest encounter since 2003.
The planetary dalliance will happen Tuesday. They'll be a mere 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers) apart. The last time the two planets got this cozy, Clay Aiken was burning up the pop charts and Freddy vs. Jason was cleaning up at the box office.
The festivities actually start Friday when Mars, Earth and the sun line up, marking an event called Mars opposition. This is a cosmic sandwich, with Earth in the middle and the sun and Mars on directly opposite sides of us.
"You should be able to make out some of the light and dark features, and sometimes polar ice," NASA said. Just keep in mind theis blurring some of the details at the moment.
Due to its proximity, Mars will appear brighter than normal. It will be at its brightest from Friday to Monday as it nears its closest distance to Earth, according to NASA.
Your next chance at viewing a close approach of Mars will happen in late 2020.
If you don't have a telescope of your own, then look for a local astronomy club. You can also check out the Virtual Telescope Project's July 27 Mars online viewing session, which coincides with a major lunar eclipse.