Dave Rice 4:30 p.m., Sept. 19
The Red Planet
The Red Planet Mars increasingly becomes a prominent late night and early morning object in December. The distance between Earth and Mars is currently narrowing. By late January 2010 Mars will be at opposition to the sun (180° away from the sun), and therefore closest to Earth within a two-year span. In early December Mars rises over the east horizon at around 10pm; by the end of the year it rises before 8pm.