MARS has now passed the closest point in its orbit to us, but that doesn’t mean it is now any harder to see.

For the next month the Red Planet will remain a strikingly bright orange “star” in the sky.

Luckily it will be clearly visible to the naked eye and a stunning sight in a pair of binoculars.

You can see Mars as soon as the sky starts to get dark, just by looking towards the East.

Mars will be shining there above the horizon.

It will be much brighter and more vividly-coloured than any of the stars around it.

You’ll be able to see it all through the night.

It will be visible until it sets in the west as the Sun is rising.

You’ll get your best view of Mars if you can get away from all the streetlights and security lights which now ruin our view of the night sky.

If you’re surrounded by this light pollution you’ll still be able to see Mars.

But it will look nowhere near as impressive as it will do if you can get to somewhere away from artificial lights.

Then you’ll see it as a very bright orange light in the sky, and thousands of fainter stars around it too.