Here's where to look on Aug. 5, 2012.
Look for Ursa Major and the grouping of Spica, Saturn and Mars above the western horizon after sunset all month long.
|Mars From Earth|
Mars as seen through a telescope on Earth. Image courtesy Damian Peach.
|Viewing Mars from launch to landing
||Mars near Leo's bright white star Regulus-Mars Curiosity launch
||Dec. 17 at 2 a.m.-look for moon next to Mars
||Mars rises before midnight
||Mars rises earlier, grows larger as it nears closest approach to Earth
||Closest approach to Earth this year 100,700 km (62,572 miles)
||Planets from horizon to horizon-Saturn in east, Mars, Moon, Venus, Jupiter in west
||Mars and moon pair up April 30-May 1
||Pretty lineup of moon, Saturn and Mars-look south on June 1
||Mars, Saturn and Mercury-look west at sunset July 2
||Mars and Saturn low on west horizon-Mars Curiosity landing
||Moon occults (passes in front of) Mars Sept. 19
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