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This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. But three missions did successfully take off.

If you like to get hands on, this Levenhuk is a tradiontal telescope that Space.com calls a "learning experience" from set up. else { document.write("AM Local Time   =   ") }

The Mars Apparition of 2019-2021. by Martin J. Powell.

The display may actually be best on Friday, Jan. 29, when Mars will rise alongside the first full moon of the year, directly opposite the sun. Simulator Image Notes:  1) Fields of View are measured horizontally. The closest possible encounter is when Earth is the furthest away from the Sun (aphelion) and Mars is the closest to the Sun (perihelion).