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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. Read More
Mars From Earth
Viewing Mars from launch to landing
Nov. 2011 Mars near Leo's bright white star Regulus-Mars Curiosity launch
Dec. 2011 Dec. 17 at 2 a.m.-look for moon next to Mars
Jan. 2012 Mars rises before midnight
Feb. 2012 Mars rises earlier, grows larger as it nears closest approach to Earth
March 2012 Closest approach to Earth this year 100,700 km (62,572 miles)
April 2012 Planets from horizon to horizon-Saturn in east, Mars, Moon, Venus, Jupiter in west
May 2012 Mars and moon pair up April 30-May 1
June 2012 Pretty lineup of moon, Saturn and Mars-look south on June 1
July 2012 Mars, Saturn and Mercury-look west at sunset July 2
Aug. 2012 Mars and Saturn low on west horizon-Mars Curiosity landing
Sept. 2012 Moon occults (passes in front of) Mars Sept. 19
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Jane is an astronomer, NASA science podcast developer, writer, educational and outreach artisan and social media enthusiast. She and her husband have an asteroid (22338 Janemojo) named after them.
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