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Mars Is Going To Be Bright AF Tonight So Look Up

A good opportunity to scope out your new space home.

Posted on May 22, 2016, at 4:37 p.m. ET

Mars will be glowing its brightest in two years on Sunday night during a phenomenon called Mars opposition.


Mars opposition occurs when the Red Planet – aka our next home – has made a full orbit around the sun and ended up in line between Earth and the sun.

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Because of that Mars will be lit up by the sun, NASA says, making it the brightest celestial object tonight – if you're lucky enough to have a clear sky over your head.

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The Mars opposition happens every two years, about how long it takes for it to orbit the sun. On Sunday it will be about 47.4 million miles from the earth.

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Even though Mars will be visible with the naked eye, it will probably just look like a particularly bright star. If you can get your hands on a telescope, or even a strong pair of binoculars, you might be able to scope out some good land to build your new space house on.

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Cliff-side views anyone?

But if the weather in your area isn't behaving – or if Amazon's two-day shipping on your telescope didn't pan out – fear not!

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On May 30 Mars will be the closest its been to the earth since 2005 for the creatively named Mars Close Approach.

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So grab those binocs while you can! Next time you'll be able to peek the Red Planet won't be 'til 2018. The space real estate market's not getting any cheaper!

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.