Earth to Mars: Come Closer ABCNews

Jupiter may be king of the mythological gods. But, among the planets, it’s Mars’ time to shine. When it draws closer to Earth than it has in some 60,000 years Wednesday, it will be brighter than any planet except Venus. And, since Venus makes only a fleeting appearance at sundown, it won’t steal the Red Planet’s show. At 5.52 a.m. eastern daylight time Aug. 27, Mars will be a “mere” 34,848,754 miles away. That’s 1,188 miles closer to Earth than Mars came in 1924.