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Red letter day for stargazers The Scotsman

IT WAS like something straight out of a science-fiction film – a close encounter of the Martian kind in the form of a bright red disc hovering over the tops of trees and houses. However, while the spectacular sight was expected to trigger a flood of UFO reports last night, the Earth was not about to be invaded by the little green men. The strange red phenomenon was the planet Mars making its closest approach to Earth in more than a dozen years. The planet was a mere 42 million miles away – close enough for the polar ice caps to be seen through a small telescope.