The red planet is at its closest to us in six years at the moment. To celebrate, it will be worth trying to see it where is hangs around near the Virgo’s alpha star, Spica. Here is a link to a nifty guide downloadable for free from One-Minute Astronomer.
A trivial but interesting factoid just occurred to me: If a planet is in opposition to the sun, it will necessarily occupy the same region in the sky as the full moon. I’ll check it out on the 14th, cloudgods permitting.
Next time Mars catches up with Jupiter, so they occupies the same region of sky, they will look pretty neat when in conjunction with the moon: white, yellowish and red all together. Hopefully with some bright, blue star thrown in there as well.