As Earth passes between the sun and Mars today, the red planet is brighter than it's been in six years, according to EarthSky.
On April 8, 2014, our planet Earth in its smaller, faster orbit passes in between the sun and red planet Mars. Our motion in orbit places Mars opposite the sun as seen in our sky, in other words, rising at sunset and up all night! Astronomers will say that Mars is in opposition to the sun.
Mars is bright now! It’s easy to see with the unaided eye from all parts of Earth – as bright as the sky’s brightest star. Mars is brighter than it’s been for six years, since December 2007.