I know it's cold out (well, in New England, at least), but walk out into your yard for a moment some night this week, around 10 or midnight or whatever. Look up, near Orion. See that really bright thing? That's Mars. That's right, it ain't Jupiter, it's Mars. For those of you who aren't star-gazers: trust me, it usually ain't this bright. If you have a pair of binoculars, try taking a look.
And that's not all!
According to the free monthly star chart available from the kind folks at skymaps.com,
Dec. 18 will be "The closest and brightest that Mars will be until May 2016."